A new poll shows Georgians support using some of the state’s record surplus to improve social services by expanding Medicaid and increasing funding for education.
The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI), a left-leaning think tank in Atlanta, commissioned the poll of 1,099 Georgians through the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs.
The poll found 71.4% of Georgians support full Medicaid expansion. Notably, it showed 56.4% of Republicans and 70% of independents favor full Medicaid expansion, indicating broad bipartisan support for the proposal.
Expanding Medicaid would cover about 500,000 Georgians at a relatively low cost to the state, advocates contend.