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Vandy Poll Shows Support For State-Run Exchange

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A new Vanderbilt University poll shows a strong preference among Tennesseans for a state-run health insurance exchange over one run by the federal government.

The poll of 829 registered voters released Wednesday showed 53 percent favor the state-run exchange, while 33 percent prefer the federal approach.

The results contrast with Republican Governor Bill Haslam's decision earlier this week not to pursue a state-run exchange. Vanderbilt officials said the governor was not aware of the poll results before Wednesday's release.

Haslam's office did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Meanwhile, a pending decision over whether to expand Medicaid was much more evenly divided. Forty-seven percent support expanding Medicaid, while 46 oppose it.

Haslam said he will decide the Medicaid issue sometime in the spring.

The poll also showed that Tennesseans continued to give high marks to Governor Haslam and U.S. Senators, and overwhelmingly want cooperation between elected leaders from opposing parties.

The economy remains the top priority for Tennesseans, with education and health care fighting for second place. Social issues, including guns, immigration, and gay rights, are a distant fourth on the list.

In education issues, Tennesseans also strongly support charter schools, rate local public schools higher than public schools in general, and believe public school teachers are not paid enough.

Tennesseans narrowly support allowing individuals to carry guns in their vehicles on their employer's property.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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