Source: 2017 Louisiana Survey, Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
Louisiana residents may love Medicaid dollars — but they don't like "Obamacare." That was the finding of a survey conducted in February and March, in which 91 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of Republicans approved of Gov. John Bel Edwards accepting Medicaid subsidies to expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the state. The ACA itself, paradoxically, is less popular, with 51 percent of residents having a negative view of the federal health care act. "Being told that the ACA allows for Medicaid expansion in Louisiana does not, on average, improve opinion of the federal health care law," the survey's authors wrote. "In contrast, describing the law as 'Obamacare' does increase the share of unfavorable opinions when the provision for Medicaid expansion is also mentioned." The survey was conducted by telephone and included a representative sample of 1,012 Louisianans. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent.