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December 2015 Kaiser Health Tracking Poll When asked their opinion, nearly 6 in 10 Americans (58 percent) say they favor the idea of Medicare-for-all, including 34 percent who say they strongly favor it. Link
November 2015 Harvard School of Public Health The Controversy Over Rising Drug Prices: The Public’s Views” Link
November 2015 Gallup Poll In U.S., 51% Say Government Should Ensure Healthcare Coverage Link
November 2015 International Journal of Health Services Support for National Health Insurance Seven Years Into Massachusetts Healthcare Reform
Views of Populations Targeted by the Reform
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January 2015 Progressive Change Institute Poll of likely 2016 voters.  “Enact a national health plan in which all Americans would get their insurance through an expanded, universal form of Medicare.”  51%  Support, 36%  Oppose, 12%  Neutral. Link
December 2012  Rasmussen Reports Forty percent (40%) of Likely U.S. Voters favor a single-payer system, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty-four percent (44%) oppose the creation of such a system. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided.  Link
May 2012 The Kentucky Health Issues Poll The poll also found mixed results when it comes to universal health insurance. Every region found 80 percent or more of citizens favored health care for everyone. But less than 50 percent in every region said they were favorable to the health care reform law Congress passed a few years ago. Link
November 2010 Ballot initiative question in Massachusetts: “Should the state representative from this district be instructed to support legislation establishing health care as a human right regardless of age, state of health, or employment status, by creating a single payer health insurance system like Medicare that is comprehensive, cost effective, and publicly provided to all residents of Massachusetts?” The ballots spanned 80 different cities and towns in a state of 351 municipalities, winning in every city and town reporting results so far except two. Five of the districts backing single payer reform voted for Scott Brown in last year’s special senate election, which was largely seen as a referendum on national health reform, showing that the goal of improved and expanded Medicare for All is supported by a diverse range of communities across the state. Link
July 2009 Kaiser Health Tracking Poll Do you favor or oppose, “Having a national health plan in which all Americans would get their insurance through an expanded, universal form of Medicare-for all?”Favor 58%, Oppose 38%, NA/DK 3% Link
July 2009 Time Magazine Would you favor or oppose a program that creates a national single-payer plan similar to Medicare for all, in which the government would provide healthcare insurance to all Americans?Favor 49%, Oppose 46%, NA/DK 5% Link
February 2009 Grove Insight Opinion Research “When given a choice of the current system or one “like Medicare that is run by the government and financed by taxpayers,” voters overwhelmingly chose the latter.  A solid majority (59%) say they would prefer a national health insurance program that covers everyone, over the current system of private insurance offered to most through their employer.” Link
February 2009 New York Times/CBS News Poll Americans are more likely today to embrace the idea of the government providing health insurance than they were 30 years ago. 59% say the government should provide national health insurance, including 49% who say such insurance should cover all medical problems. Link
November 2008 Ballot initiative question in Massachusetts: “Should the representative from this district be instructed to support legislation creating a cost-effective single payer health insurance system that is available to all residents, and oppose laws penalizing those who fail to obtain health insurance?” “….local ballot initiatives supporting single payer and opposing individual mandates passed by landslide margins in all ten legislative districts where they appeared. With almost all precincts tallied, roughly 73 percent of 181,000 voters in the ten districts voted YES….” Link
April 2008 Quinnipiac Poll in PA, FL, OH 9. Do you think it’s the government’s responsibility to make sure that everyone in the United States has adequate health-care, or don’t you think so?In Pennsylvania; Yes 65%, No 31%, NA/DK 4% Link
April 2008 Annals of Internal Medicine, Study of Physician Support of National Health Insurance. (Includes a comparison of 2002 and 2007 surveys.) “…59 percent of them ‘support government legislation to establish national health insurance,’ while 32 percent oppose it and 9 percent are neutral.” Link
December 2007 AP – Yahoo News Poll Do you consider yourself a supporter of a single-payer health care system, that is a national health plan financed by taxpayers in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan, or not?Yes 54%, No 44%, Refused / Not Answered 2% Link
December 2007 AP – Yahoo Poll 14. “Which comes closest to your view?34% – The United States should continue the current health insurance system in which most people get their health insurance from private employers, but some people have no insurance65% – The United States should adopt a universal health insurance program in which everyone is covered under a program like Medicare that is run by the government and financed by taxpayers2% – Refused / Not Answered Link
December 2007 New Hampshire Medical Society, Survey of New Hampshire Physicians “Two thirds of New Hampshire physicians, including 81% of primary care clinicians, indicated they “would favor a simplified payor system in which public funds, collected through taxes, were used to pay directly for services to meet the basic healthcare needs of all citizens.” Link
May 2007 CNN/Opinion Research Poll 30. Do you think the government should provide a national health insurance program for all Americans, even if this would require higher taxes? 64% – Yes,35% – No,2% – No opinion Link
February 2007 New York Times/CBS News Poll 27. Do you think the federal government should guarantee health insurance for all Americans, or isn’t this the responsibility of the federal government?64% – Guarantee27% – Not responsibility9% – DK/NA30. If you had to choose, which do you think is more important for the country to do right now, maintain the tax cuts enacted in recent years or make sure all Americans have access to health care?18% – Cutting taxes76% – Access to health insurance1% – Neither2% – Both4% – DK/NA Link
February 2007 Minnesota Medicine Magazine, Poll of Minnesota Physicians “Of 390 physicians, 64% favored a single-payer system, 25% HSAs, and 12% managed care. The majority of physicians (86%) also agreed that it is the responsibility of society, through the government, to ensure that everyone has access to good medical care.” Link
October 2005 The Harris Poll “Please indicate whether you support or oppose the policy.”“Universal health insurance”75% – Strongly/Somewhat Favor17% – Strongly/Somewhat Oppose Link
November 2004 Kaiser Family FoundationHealth Poll Report Public Opinion of “Consumer-Driven” Plans Link
October 2003 Washington Post/ABC News Poll 49. Which would you prefer – (the current health insurance system in the United States, in which most people get their health insurance from private employers, but some people have no insurance); or (a universal health insurance program, in which everyone is covered under a program like Medicare that’s run by the government and financed by taxpayers?)62 % Universal33% Current6% No opinion Link