A majority of Idahoans support both expanding Medicaid and raising transportation funding, according to a poll released Monday.
The poll is the second by Idaho Politics Weekly, a new weekly political e-publication put together by Zions Bank. The poll, also by the Salt Lake City firm Dan Jones and Associates, found 61 percent of respondents in favor of expanding Medicaid, 29 percent opposed and the other 10 percent undecided. Politically, 91 percent of Democrats were in favor of Medicaid expansion, 64 percent of independents and 53 percent of Republicans.
The results of the poll on transportation funding somewhat mirrored the opinions expressed in a survey released in July; while 79 percent of the people polled favored raising transportation funding, majorities opposed both raising registration fees and raising the fuel tax to come up with the money. Most people did, however, support raising fees on commercial trucks.
While Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has hinted he will say something about Medicaid in his State-of-the-State speech in a couple of hours, he has opposed Medicaid expansion in the past, and legislative leaders have said there isn't support to pass it anyway. As for transportation, there is a consensus in the Legislature that funding needs to be increased. The debate is expected to focus on how to do it.