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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 SandersSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' Democrats hit crucial stretch as filibuster fight looms GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren says she'll run for reelection to Senate Free Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech Debate over ICBMs: Will 'defund our defenses' be next? 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 BidenSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote Shining a light on COINTELPRO's dangerous legacy MORE and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Funky Academic:' Public has been 'groomed to measure progress by firsts' Biden administration in talks with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for India ambassador post: reports Business groups target moderate Democrats on Biden tax plans 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 PelosiSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' McCarthy says he supports Stefanik for House GOP conference chair Ode to Mother's Day 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