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March 03. 2014 7:14PM

Poll shows Granite Staters favor Medicaid expansion plan

HENNIKER — A new poll released Monday by New England College showed Granite Staters in favor of the compromise Medicaid expansion plan scheduled for a vote by the state Senate on Thursday.

A sampling of 774 Granite Staters were asked if they would support a plan "to extend private insurance to low-income residents, without passing the cost of coverage on to businesses." The question says the plan is supported by "the governor and a bipartisan group of state senators."

The result showed that 66 percent said they support it, 25 percent oppose it and 10 percent said they are unsure.

Also, 64 percent they support increasing eligibility of Medicaid to families with incomes up to $32,000 a year, while 26 percent were opposed.

According to poll director Ben Tafoya, the 774-person sampling included 41 percent independents, 29 percent Democrats and 28 percent Republicans.

Gun checks

The poll also showed 76 percent support universal background checks for any guns purchased through dealers, gun shows or individual sales, while 22 percent were opposed.

In a match-up for governor, the poll showed Gov. Maggie Hassan with support of 42 percent against the lone announced Republican candidate for governor, Andrew Hemingway, who was favored by 6 percent.

According to the poll, 25 percent of voters said they would prefer a "third option," and 27 percent said they did not yet know who they will vote for in November.

In a generic question about the state Legislature, the sampling was evenly divided, with 41 percent saying Democrats should hold the majority and 40 percent favoring Republicans, with 15 percent unsure.

The margin of error for the poll is listed at 3.57 percent.


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