Nashville, Tenn. (December 14, 2017) – A new poll from Vanderbilt shows that Tennesseans do not share the priorities of elected Republicans at the state or federal level.

“Tennesseans are looking for leaders who will solve problems. People are having a hard time keeping up with the cost of their child care, groceries and mortgage payments,” said Mary Mancini, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party. “Meanwhile, Republicans in Washington have been trying to raise taxes on families and take away health care from millions of Americans –  including thousands of children in Tennessee. They are trying to make people’s lives more difficult instead of finding solutions. In Tennessee, communities are devastated by the opioid crisis and their hospitals are closing and Republicans are asleep at the wheel. Expanding Medicaid continues to be the single most important step the state could take to address the both of those issues. Democrats will keep trying to work with Republicans to pass this very important policy but if they continue to put partisan ideology ahead of solving problems, we’re not going to get very far.

Highlights of the Vanderbilt Poll

85% of Tennesseans are concerned about rural hospital closures and 71% think more funding should be allocated to keep them open

Only 25% of Tennesseans agree with the Republican priority to cut the corporate tax rate

Only 35% of Tennesseans agree with Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act

84% of Tennesseans recognize the opioid epidemic as a crisis or emergency