Poll: Voters name health care as top issue going into 2020

Health care tops the list of issues that voters consider important going into the 2020 elections, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll.

The nationwide survey, published Thursday, found that 15 percent of registered voters across the U.S. said health care is “is the most important issue facing the nation today.”

Another 12 percent named national security, particularly regarding terrorism. Immigration and the economy each received 10 percent, while climate change came in fourth on the list at 8 percent.

“Medicare for all” has become a divisive issue within the Democratic primary, where White House hopefuls have fought over the liberal health care plan and its related costs.

Progressive presidential candidates Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Schumer: Administration 'must move heaven and earth' to implement new unemployment benefits Biden associates reach out to Holder about VP search MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMaryland Legislative Black Caucus pushes for state to release racial breakdown of coronavirus impact Hillicon Valley: T-Mobile, Sprint complete merger | Warren pushes food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees | Lawsuit accuses Zoom of improperly sharing user data Warren calls on food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees MORE (D-Mass.) have been vocal supporters of Medicare for all and getting rid of private insurance.

Other top contenders in the race, such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims The Memo: Scale of economic crisis sends shudders through nation The Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention MORE and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pence defends response, says Trump never 'belittled' virus threat MORE, have said they prefer expanding ObamaCare, adding a public option to the existing private market.

Medicare for all has also begun to gain ground in the Democratic Party as a whole. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNJ governor calls for assessment of coronavirus response after crisis abates Overnight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Hillicon Valley: Zoom draws new scrutiny amid virus fallout | Dems step up push for mail-in voting | Google to lift ban on political ads referencing coronavirus MORE (D-Calif.) said last Friday that the Affordable Care Act could provide a “path to Medicare for all” after previously saying that she was "not a big fan."

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted among 1,000 registered voters from Dec. 8 to 9. Its results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn