Americans oppose nursing home funding cuts, poll finds

Share this content:

Neither Democrats nor Republicans are in favor of cutting funding for Medicare-funded nursing home care, according to a recently released poll of likely voters in closely contested congressional districts.

The Democracy Corps Battleground poll, conducted in mid-December of 2007 by Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research, sampled more than 1,500 likely voters across the U.S. It found that 57% of Democrats and 56% of Republicans oppose funding cuts. The same omnibus poll revealed that 53% of Democrats and 49% of Republicans would likely not vote for their own member of Congress if he or she supported funding cuts.

The poll shows the widespread opposition to cutting Medicare-financed nursing home care, said Alan G. Rosenbloom, President and CEO of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care. The Alliance provided funding for the portion of the poll related to nursing homes, an Alliance spokeswoman said.