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Vanderbilt Poll: Majority In Tennessee Want Medicaid Expansion

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A poll conducted by Vanderbilt University shows more than three in five Tennesseans support an expansion of Medicaid, though nearly half also have a negative view of the federal health care law.

The survey of 800 randomly selected registered voters released Wednesday showed 63 percent favored an expansion of Medicaid, while 34 percent were against it.

Republican Governor Bill Haslam last spring declined to accept $1.4 billion in federal funds to cover about 140,000 uninsured Tennesseans under the terms the money was offered. He has been involved in negotiations with the federal government over a special deal for the state, but those efforts have not been fruitful so far.

The Medicaid expansion is part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, which is viewed negatively by 47 percent in the poll.

Vanderbilt conducts the poll twice a year -- once before the state Legislature convenes and once after lawmakers adjourn. The survey aims to gauge how closely the results of the session align with voter attitudes and priorities.

The poll supported by the school's Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions was conducted in late November and early December.

The last version of the poll in May found that 60 percent preferred an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law. Governor Bill Haslam has been unable to strike a deal on expansion.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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