Poll: Arkansans show support for private option

Poll: Arkansans show support for private option

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A new poll shows the private option Medicaid plan, which would allow the state to spend federal Medicaid dollars to provide private insurance to low-income Arkansans through health care exchanges, is gaining support with voters.

Those results are from a new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll that was conducted last week with 751 Arkansas voters.

The answers show 45% supporting the private option, 25% oppose and 30% don't know how they feel about the issue.

The same survey asked voters their opinion on a measure that has sparked national controversy.

After North Carolina lawmakers had passed a bill saying transgender students must use bathrooms that match the sex on their birth certificates, President Barack Obama instructed state educators to let transgender students use bathrooms based on their preferred gender identity.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said that directive should be ignored.

According to the results posted by Talk Business & Politics, 63% of respondents said policies should require students to use the bathroom that matches the sex on their birth certificate.

Read more analysis on the polls here.

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