Poll finds Bredesen leading Blackburn, 46 percent to 41 percent

A poll conducted this month and commissioned by a health care advocacy group finds Tennessee voters Democrat Phil Bredesen favored over Republican Marsha Blackburn by five points, 46 percent to 41 percent. It also reports 47 percent believe the Affordable Care Act should remain in place while 42 percent want the measure, better known as Obamacare, repealed.

Excerpt from a press release/memo on the poll, commissioned by Protect My Care and conducted by Public Policy Polling:

On the 8th anniversary of passage of the Affordable Care Act, a new Public Policy Polling survey finds that health care is a top priority issue for Tennessee voters when deciding who to vote for in the upcoming election.

Health care is ranked as a top issue for 71% of voters (31% saying it is the most important issue and another 40% saying it is very important). Only 6% say it is not that important or not important at all.

Tennessee voters disapprove of the Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act by 10 points (47% to 37%).

 Among independent voters, only 35% support the GOP’s health care repeal efforts to 41% who oppose them.

 Only 42% of voters think the best path forward on health care is to repeal the Affordable Care Act, to 49% who think it should be kept in place with fixes made to it as necessary.

Key findings from the survey include:

– In a hypothetical US Senate election matchup, voters prefer Democrat Phil Bredesen over Republican Marsha Blackburn 46-41. Among voters who say that health care is the most important issue, Bredesen’s lead grows to 56-26 over Blackburn.

PPP surveyed 1,014 Tennessee voters from March 15-16, 2018. The margin of error is +/- 3.1%. This poll was conducted by automated telephone interviews.

The full memo is HERE.

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