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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 SandersBiden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform Sanders: Progressives will work to 'rally the American people' if Biden wins MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform Biden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver 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 BidenMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 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 PelosiTrump predicts GOP will win the House Hillicon Valley: Five takeaways on new election interference from Iran, Russia | Schumer says briefing on Iranian election interference didn't convince him effort was meant to hurt Trump | Republicans on Senate panel subpoena Facebook, Twitter CEOs | On The Money: Pelosi cites progress, but says COVID-19 relief deal might be post-election | Eviction crisis sparked by pandemic disproportionately hits minorities | Weekly jobless claims fall to 787K 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