San Joaquin Valley adults weigh in on future of ‘Obamacare’

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San Joaquin Valley adults weigh in on future of ‘Obamacare’

According to a new survey of the San Joaquin Valley conducted by the Institute for Leadership and Public Policy at Fresno State, 47 percent of respondents oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).

The survey was conducted in March while U.S. President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans considered legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. While 47 percent of survey respondents said they oppose repeal, 17 percent indicated support for repealing all provisions and 29 percent think some provisions should be repealed.

Survey results also showed 42 percent believed someone in their household might lose health insurance if the Affordable Care Act was repealed. Among Trump’s supporters, 12 percent indicated someone in their household might lose health insurance, while 85 percent thought no one in their household would lose health insurance.

“The sentiments shared by Valley residents appear to be on a trend with what we’re seeing nationally,” said Dr. Jeff Cummins, professor of political science at Fresno State and co-director of the Institute for Leadership and Public Policy.

In terms of Trump’s impact on the San Joaquin Valley, 52 percent believe the region is on the wrong track under the Trump administration, while 37 percent believe he will move the region in the right direction. Views expressed largely broke along party lines. Most Democrats (76 percent) believe the region is moving in the wrong direction under Trump, while most Republicans (74 percent) feel he will lead it in the right direction.

The findings in the report are based on a random sample of adults from the San Joaquin Valley. The full report of the findings of this survey can be found here.

For more information, contact Dr. Jeff Cummins at 559.278.6693;

Dr. Annabella España-Nájera, co-director of the Institute for Leadership and Public Policy (Spanish-language media), at 559.278.3020; or Dr. Lisa Bryant, survey director, at 559.278.7612 or 559.512.0124.