For many years, Kaiser Family Foundation has been tracking public opinion on the general idea of a national health plan as well as more incremental changes to public programs like Medicare and Medicaid (Public Opinion on Single-Payer, National Health Plans, and Expanding Access to Medicare Coverage). This interactive tracks the public’s view of a national health plan, sometimes called Medicare-for-all, since 2016. By collecting data from various public surveys of adults in the U.S. conducted by KFF and others, we show how the public’s support for the idea of a national health plan has changed since the 2016 presidential primary, when Sen. Bernie Sanders’ made Medicare-for-all a prominent feature of his campaign for the Democratic nomination. The interactive nature of this tool allows users to explore how views vary by party identification as well as changes to question wording. Download a table of the poll results.
The most recent KFF Health Tracking poll finds no change in public support for the idea of a national Medicare-for-all plan since January 2019 with nearly six in ten Americans favoring such a plan. A majority of Democrats (78 percent) continue to favor such a plan while most Republicans oppose it (70 percent). A larger share of independents express favorable views (58 percent) than unfavorable ones (36 percent). While KFF has included Medicare-for-all in the question wording for the past year, other organizations do not and these polls find a more divided public. For example, earlier this month a FoxNews poll found attitudes more closely divided with equal share saying they favor and oppose (47 percent).