By ERIK SCHELZIG
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new Vanderbilt University poll shows a strong preference among Tennesseans for a state-run health insurance exchange over one run by the federal government.
The poll of 829 registered voters released Wednesday showed 53% favor the state-run exchange, while 33% prefer the federal approach.
The results contrast with Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's decision earlier this week not to pursue a state-run exchange. Vanderbilt officials said the governor was not aware of the poll results before Wednesday's release.
Haslam's office did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Meanwhile, a pending decision over whether to expand Medicaid was much more evenly divided among poll respondents: 47% said they support an expansion, while 46 oppose it.
Haslam has said he will decide the Medicaid issue sometime in the spring.
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