Dems might push seniors away with 'Medicare for all,' says GOP pollster

Older voters might sour on Democratic candidates who are touting "Medicare for all," according to Republican pollster Ed Goeas.

"The more interesting issue from the position of the Democrats is a lot of them are out there talking about Medicare for all," Goeas told Hill.TV's Joe Concha in an interview that aired Thursday on "What America's Thinking."

"They're totally ignoring the fact that the vote in an off-year election goes up with older voters, and seniors, particularly," he added. "Seniors are not real happy about adding other people to the list of people that have to stand in line to apply for their Medicare, and so I think that is working a little bit against [Democrats] in a way that they didn't think about long range." 

Medicare for all has become increasingly popular in the Democratic Party, especially among the party's potential 2020 presidential contenders.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE lambasted the health-care proposal last week in a USA Today op-ed, saying the plan would harm senior citizens.

"Seniors would lose access to their favorite doctors," Trump wrote. "There would be long wait lines for appointments and procedures. Previously covered care would effectively be denied."

A Reuters/Ipsos survey released at the end of August found that 70 percent of Americans said they supported Medicare for all.

— Julia Manchester