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2016 Battleground Poll Shows Support for Lifting Hyde Amendment

From August 25 to 31, 2016, Hart Research Associates conducted a telephone survey among registered voters in 11 battleground states, including oversamples of voters age 18 to 34, African Americans, and Hispanics.

This memo presents the key findings from the research, which include:

  1. The underlying tenets of the Hyde Amendment run counter to the beliefs of the large majority of battleground voters; that is, voters disagree with the idea that the amount of money a woman has should determine her access to healthcare and abortion services.
  2. A majority of voters support a bill that would require Medicaid to cover all pregnancy-related care, including abortion.
  3. When presented with arguments for and against requiring Medicaid to cover abortion services, voters put priority on preserving low-income women’s access to care over taxpayer dollars.
  4. Millennial voters and voters of color in battleground states are among the strongest potential allies for repealing the Hyde Amendment.

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