Poll: More Californians support Medi-Cal for immigrants

Aug 26, 2015 11:54 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new survey finds more Californians support extending public health care services to residents, regardless of their immigration status.

A Field Poll released Wednesday finds 58 percent of registered California voters support extending Medi-Cal services to immigrants who are in the country illegally, while 39 percent are opposed.

That's up from 51 percent who supported the change last year and 45 percent who were opposed.

Democrats overwhelmingly favor the extension while Republicans largely oppose the change.

In June, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state budget that will expand Medi-Cal coverage to low-income children who are in the country illegally.

The poll was conducted by telephone from June 25 to July 16 and surveyed 1,555 registered California voters. It has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

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