Poll: 67 percent support providing Medicare for every American

A majority of voters support providing Medicare to every American, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Sixty-seven percent of registered voters in the July 26-27 survey said they would support providing Medicare to every American, while 33 percent oppose it.

Support for providing Medicare to every American has dropped slightly since the question was first asked two years ago.

In an October 2018 survey, 70 percent of voters supported the idea, while an April 2020 survey found that 69 percent approved of providing Medicare to every American.

The survey found a majority of Democrats and independents support providing Medicare to every American, at 87 percent and 69 percent, respectively. By contrast, 57 percent of Republicans oppose it.

The poll comes as millions of Americans have lost their jobs during the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Many of these people also lost employer-based health insurance.

A recent study estimated that roughly 5.4 million Americans lost their health insurance as a result of job loss between February and May of this year.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 948 registered voters on July 26 and July 27. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.18 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte