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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 tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden to tap Rohit Chopra to lead CFPB, Gensler for SEC chair: reports Biden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Porter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector 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 BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOn The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits Buttigieg confirmation hearing slated for Thursday James Murdoch predicts 'a reckoning' for media after Capitol riot 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 PelosiCowboys for Trump founder arrested following Capitol riot Retired Army general: 'We can't have demonstrators showing up at a state Capitol with damn long guns' Graham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump 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