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Centrist poll: 'Medicare for All' underwater in key battleground states

Centrist poll: 'Medicare for All' underwater in key battleground states
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A new poll from a centrist Democratic think tank of three battleground states shows “Medicare for All” is far less popular than a plan to build off the Affordable Care Act.

The polling from Third Way, conducted in the “blue wall” states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, shows a sharp divide between those who support Medicare for All and those who don’t. 

According to the poll, Medicare for All is just as unpopular in Michigan and Pennsylvania as President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE’s plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Only 41 percent of respondents in Michigan and 40 percent of respondents in Pennsylvania said they supported the policy.

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In Wisconsin, 47 percent of respondents supported Medicare for All.

Medicare for All is a rallying cry among progressives and is championed by presidential candidates Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMcConnell makes failed bid to adjourn Senate after hours-long delay Senate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Democrats break COVID-19 impasse with deal on jobless benefits MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Philly city council calls on Biden to 'cancel all student loan debt' in first 100 days Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case MORE (D-Mass.). 

The poll did not ask whether the voters would support a public option, which is the plan supported by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Ex-Trump appointee arrested in Capitol riot complains he won't be able to sleep in jail Biden helps broker Senate deal on unemployment benefits MORE.

Third Way polled 888 voters in Michigan, 1,625 in Pennsylvania and 993 in Wisconsin.

The poll echoes results from a joint Cook Political Report–Kaiser Family Foundation poll in November, which found a majority of Democratic voters support Medicare for All but that swing voters said it was a bad idea. 

The Third Way poll also found that voters think Medicare for All will raise middle-class taxes.  

Supporters of the progressive health care proposal argue that middle-class Americans will end up saving money because the elimination of premiums and deductibles will more than cancel out the increased taxes they would have to pay.