Poll: Support rises for 2020 Democrats favoring 'Medicare for All'

Poll: Support rises for 2020 Democrats favoring 'Medicare for All'
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Democratic presidential candidates who favor a "Medicare for All" health care system are garnering more support from voters, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday.

The nationwide survey found that net support among Democratic voters climbed to 52 percent, from 35 percent in January.

Three top-tier contenders — Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel Overnight Health Care: Crunch time for Congress on surprise medical bills | CDC confirms 47 vaping-related deaths | Massachusetts passes flavored tobacco, vaping products ban MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Warren speech in Georgia interrupted by pro-charter school protesters Hillicon Valley: Senators ask Trump to halt Huawei licenses | Warren criticizes Zuckerberg over secret dinner with Trump | Senior DHS cyber official to leave | Dems offer bill on Libra oversight MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance On The Money: Trump signs short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown | Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 | California high court strikes down law targeting Trump tax returns Democratic strategist laments 'low bar' for Biden debate performance MORE (D-Calif.) — have proposed varying forms of Medicare for All.

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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Watergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Deal on defense bill proves elusive | Hill, Holmes offer damaging testimony | Trump vows to block Navy from ousting officer from SEALs MORE, who leads the field of White House hopefuls in several national polls, has panned the single-payer proposals, suggesting instead the federal government should expand the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) to include a public option.

But the rise in support for candidates who back Medicare for All hasn't been enough to knock Biden off his front-runner status in recent polling. The latest Morning Consult Tracking survey, released Monday, showed Biden with a 13 percentage point edge over his closest contender, Sanders, the author of a Medicare for All bill.

Among all voters, net support for a candidate who prefers Medicare for All over the ACA dropped to 13 percent in the August poll, compared with 35 percent in January.

Health care has emerged as one of the focal points of debate in the Democratic primary field, with moderates criticizing Medicare for All as too expensive and arguing it provides fodder to Republicans who seek to paint Democrats as socialists. Progressives contend that unaffordable health plans and rising prescription drug costs show that a change is needed.

The Morning Consult/Politico survey polled 1,987 registered voters, including 768 Democratic voters, from Aug. 23-25. The polls have a margin of error of 2 percentage points for all voters and 4 points for Democratic voters.