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Poll Finds Majority Of Virginians Oppose Medicaid Expansion

In Virginia, a new poll shows that the majority of residents oppose a plan favored by Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe to use federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance to low-income residents.

A poll from Christopher Newport University's Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy shows Virginia voters oppose Medicaid expansion 53 percent to 41 percent. In February, the university found the majority of voters favored Medicaid expansion 56 to 38.

The shift in the public's views suggests that Republican lawmakers are winning the long-running public relations battle over McAuliffe and Democratic lawmakers.

Lawmakers have been deadlocked on Medicaid expansion for months. The impasse led the General Assembly to adjourn in March without passing a $96 billion two-year budget, which could lead to a potential state government shutdown.

The poll was conducted with 800 Virginia residents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

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