The poll also found most respondents believe Vice President
More than a third of residents surveyed do not support a national health care system run by the federal government and financed, in part, by taxpayers. And nearly half said they would “somewhat“ (14.1%) or “strongly” (32.6%) oppose “Medicare for All" if it meant the elimination of all private health insurance.
There were generational and partisan splits on the question, with
The poll, a partnership between
More than 60% of respondents strongly or somewhat support a plan to eliminate up to
“The connective thread between Medicare for All and free college is the concern over rising costs,” said
Almost two-thirds of respondents were familiar with the phrase “Medicare for All,” a broad term that encompasses various policies put forth by the
Nearly 47% of respondents say they oppose “Medicare for All” if it means getting rid of the private insurance marketplace. “They’re not willing to go as far as eliminating private health insurance, with the caveat that there seems to be a youth and a partisan divide on that issue,” DeNardis said.
Indeed, 39% of respondents 18 to 34 said there should be one national health care system run by the federal government, compared with only 18% of respondents who are 65 or older. And half of all
The survey also asked residents which of the Democratic frontrunners will win the party’s presidential nomination; almost 37% of respondents named Biden as the likely nominee, followed by
All five Democratic candidates defeat Trump in
"Biden still has a commanding lead over all of the other Democratic rivals,'' DeNardis said. “That’s a measure of his considerable name recognition after a lifetime in public service. There’s a level of familiarity that’s evident in our polling.”
"Biden showing up as the frontrunner didn’t surprise me but I thought we would have seen a little closer numbers for Warren and Buttigieg,'' Vigeant said. "Joe was the clear winner.''
The poll also asked about two other hot button issues: compensation for college athletes and regulating vaping.
Fifty-two percent of respondents said they strongly or somewhat support the “Fair Pay to Play Act,” which would allow college athletes to earn money from endorsements.
And more than 72% of respondents strongly or somewhat back a ban on flavored electronic cigarettes.
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