Poll: Most voters oppose reducing Medicare funding for SNF care

February 6, 2012
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A new bipartisan survey of American voters finds hefty opposition to reducing Medicare funding for nursing homes, which the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care intends to broadcast “on Capitol Hill and in states across the nation,” according to a statement.

“As Washington lawmakers begin making key federal budgetary decisions, we respectfully urge lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to review these significant bipartisan polling results, which we believe reflect an important local understanding that preserving, protecting and defending quality nursing home care merits budgetary priority,” Alliance President Alan G. Rosenbloom said.

The new survey, conducted for the Alliance by Public Opinion Strategies, a GOP polling firm, and Hart Research Associates, a Democratic firm, surveyed 800 registered voters from January 26-30.

When asked if they would favor or oppose the government reducing the amount Medicare pays to nursing homes, 82 percent of respondents said they would oppose the action, while 55 percent said they would strongly oppose it.

Survey respondents were 38 percent Republican, 41 percent Democrat and 20 percent Independent. The survey has an error margin of +/- 3.46 percent.

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