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Polls in recent years have recorded support from the majority of Wisconsinites for Medicaid expansion, paid leave, lead pipe replacement and marijuana legalization.

In November 2022, the Marquette Law School Poll recorded that 73% of registered voters favor mandating employers to provide new parents with paid leave. Majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents favored a parental leave requirement. 

On the question of legalizing marijuana, 64% expressed support — with most coming from left-leaning voters, according to the Marquette poll from October 2022. Among Democrats, 82% expressed support, compared to 67% of independents and 43% of Republicans. 

In Marquette polls from 2019, 70% of registered voters said that the state should accept federal funds for the expansion of Medicaid coverage, and 74% of registered voters agreed with the state helping fund the replacement of lead water pipes due to their health risks.

This Fact Brief is responsive to conversations such as this one.


Marquette Nov. 2, 2022: Marquette Law School Poll | Parental leave

Marquette Oct 12, 2022: Marquette Law School Poll | Marijuana legalization

Marquette April 10, 2019: Marquette Law School Poll | Majorities support legal marijuana

Marquette Sept. 10, 2019: Marquette Law School Poll | Water-quality issues

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Jacob Alabab-Moser / Wisconsin WatchFact Checker

Jacob Alabab-Moser joined as Wisconsin Watch’s fact checker in September 2022, as part of the effort by The Gigafact Project in partnership with different state-level news outlets to combat misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections. Jacob has several years of experience as a fact checker and research assistant at a variety of organizations, including at The Gigafact Project. He holds a BA from Brown University and is pursuing a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.