The latest Kaiser health tracking poll found that roughly three-quarters of the public hold favorable views of Medicaid. The results do not vary drastically by political party.
The poll also found that seven in ten Americans say they have ever had a connection to Medicaid, either through their own coverage, their child’s coverage, or indirectly through a family member or friend. This is an increase from 2011, when the poll found that five in ten reported some level of personal connection to Medicaid.
Individuals with a personal connection to Medicaid are more likely to think the program is important to their families, friends and communities. As Medicaid serves more and more families, the personal connection the public has with it seems likely to continue growing.