Depending on whether you voted in the Democratic or Republican primary in 2018, you were asked very different polling questions to gauge interest on hot-button issues.
Republican voters were asked two questions:
• Do you believe that voters should have the option to choose to affiliate with a political party when they register to vote?
• Do you believe that South Carolina’s tax code should be brought into conformity with the new Trump tax cuts in the federal tax code for maximum simplification and to lower the overall tax burden on South Carolina taxpayers and businesses?
These two questions were decidedly approved by Republican voters by 82% and 92% respectively.
Democratic primary voters were asked questions related to medical marijuana and Medicaid expansion:
• Do you support passing a state law allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients?
• Do you support passing a state law requiring the governor of South Carolina to accept all federal revenues offered to support Medicaid and Medicaid expansion efforts in the state?
Much like the ballot questions on the Republican side, Democrats voted overwhelmingly in favor of these measures. Primary voters approved the medical marijuana question with 82% support, and 93% of Democratic voters supported the Medicaid expansion question.
While these results have no statutory impact, they do help each political party prioritize issues for their policy agenda.
“We are encouraged that so many South Carolinians overwhelmingly support expanding access to health coverage to our most vulnerable citizens,” said Allan Stalvey, Executive Vice President of SCHA. “Thirty-two states have already taken advantage of federal resources to reduce their uninsured rates and improve their overall health status.”
A report released in May 2018 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 194,000 South Carolinians would qualify for health coverage if the state expanded access to Medicaid for low-income citizens.