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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 John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge 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 SandersClub for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Inequality of student loan debt underscores possible Biden policy shift In defense of incrementalism: A call for radical realism MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenInequality of student loan debt underscores possible Biden policy shift Thomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation 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 BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force 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.