• Press Release
  • January 18, 2018

New Survey Results Showing American Voters Overwhelmingly Support Funding CHIP

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Support for Congress funding CHIP for another five years is broad-based and widespread

Washington, D.C. – New national survey results demonstrate overwhelming support for Congress to vote to prioritize and fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Commissioned by Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) and completed by Public Opinion Strategies, the survey found that 88 percent of American voters support long-term funding CHIP (for five years) and that this is true in every region of the country and with every key sub-group, including across party lines. 

CHIP opinion poll pie chart

“CHIP has had 20 years of success providing families with affordable health coverage for their children, and the survey shows it still enjoys bipartisan support among voters,” said Mark Wietecha, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Association. “With the vast majority of Democrats, Independents and Republicans supporting long-term funding CHIP, there’s no excuse for Congress not to get this done now and without further delay.”

Key survey findings: 

  • Nearly 9 in 10 voters in the United States (88 percent) support Congress funding CHIP for five years
  • Support for Congress funding CHIP for another five years is broad-based and widespread
  • 97 percent of Democrats, 83 percent of Independents, and 81 percent of Republican voters support
  • 76 percent of voters said Congress should prioritize funding CHIP over other issues
  • Even after hearing two different viewpoints, American voters side with Congress funding CHIP for five more years by nearly a 3-1 margin

Wietecha concluded, “CHIP is vital to millions of families and the results of this survey make it clear that the American people understand that. Congress must vote this week to pass long-term funding for CHIP and create some certainty for families who rely on this life-saving program.”

About the Children's Hospital Association

The Children’s Hospital Association is the national voice of more than 220 children’s hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care.