New Poll Shows Increasing Support for Closing NC’s Coverage Gap

September 11, 2020

The results of a new poll released this week reveal growing support across party lines for closing North Carolina’s health care coverage gap. The “coverage gap” refers to people who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to get help in the private insurance marketplace. Prior to COVID-19, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) estimated that if North Carolina closed its coverage gap, over 400,000 North Carolinians would gain health insurance. Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, KFF reports that the number has grown by well over 200,000.

The survey of 612 registered voters, conducted by Harper Polling and The Stewart Group from August 26-27, found that 75 percent of North Carolinians want to close the health insurance coverage gap, while16 percent oppose closing the gap, according to Dee Stewart, who served as project manager for the statewide survey.

Support for closing the coverage gap is strong across the political spectrum, with 64 percent of self-identified Republicans, 76 percent of unaffiliated voters, and 83 percent of Democrats favoring closing the gap. Even among voters identifying themselves as Very Conservative, an overwhelming 60 percent favor closing the coverage gap, while 22 percent oppose it.

Review the findings here including a breakdown by NC Senate districts.