Poll Finds Strong Support for Single-Payer Health-Care System

According to a new poll, 44 percent of U.S. voters back a single-payer health-care system and would support a system where all citizens can get their coverage from one plan. Thirty-six percent of voters oppose the idea. The online survey, conducted by Politico, asked 1,988 registered voters for their opinions on health care and its current state of affairs.

The concept of a single-payer health system was a divisive topic, even among members of the same political party: 54 percent of Democrats support government-backed, single-payer coverage, while 47 percent of Republicans oppose it.

Another 51 percent of the voters still “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), despite recent attempts to repeal and replace the legislation. The authors of the report noted that this represents a 10-point increase since the beginning of 2017, when the majority of voters (52%) disapproved of the program.

When asked about the Republican effort to pass the American Health Care Act (the ACA replacement legislation), voters were split on their opinion: 45 percent agree with the statement that the effort to repeal and replace the ACA should be continued, while 44 percent agree with the statement that Republicans should move on to other issues.

Source: Morning Consult/POLITICO poll, April 12, 2017.