MT Poll examines Insure Tennessee support

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Tennesseans’ Attitudes Toward Insure Tennessee Proportions of Tennessee adults who favor, oppose or aren’t sure about Gov. Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan, by how much they have heard about it. The total shows sample size minus refusals.

MTSU Poll director Ken Blake has completed a new poll on Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s new health care proposal.

Conducted Jan. 25-27, the poll showed two-thirds of Tennesseans haven’t heard much about Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee health care proposal, but among the third who have, support substantially outweighs opposition.

“Gov. Haslam has gotten a notable head start in promoting the measure among Tennesseans,” said Ken Blake, director of the poll housed in the College of Mass Communication. “But his opponents have a lot of maneuvering room left among the two in three Tennesseans who are still largely unaware of the measure.”

Ken Blake headshot


The poll randomly surveyed 600 adult residents statewide a week before a special legislative session kicked off Feb. 2 to consider the measure. The survey’s margin of error is 4 percentage points.

According to the results:

  • Thirty-three percent of Tennesseans have read or heard “a lot” (10 percent) or “some” (23 percent) about Insure Tennessee, while 66 percent have heard either “a little” (31 percent) or “nothing at all” (36 percent).



  • Among the 33 percent who have at least some information, 49 percent favor the proposal, 11 percent oppose it and 40 percent are unsure or haven’t made up their minds.
  • Meanwhile, among the 66 percent who have heard little or nothing, 69 percent don’t know how they feel about it, while 26 percent expressed support and 5 percent, opposition.
  • Overall, regardless of how much they have read or heard about the measure, 34 percent favor Insure Tennessee, 7 percent oppose it and 59 percent remain uncertain.

To see additional poll results and interactive graphic charts, please click here.


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