A Reuters–Ipsos survey found that 85 percent of Democrats said they support the Medicare for all, along with 52 percent of Republicans. That’s an overall 70% of respondents.
A recent study by libertarian Mercatus Center at George Mason University found “Medicare for all” would lead to $32.6 trillion increase in federal spending over a 10-year period.
Charles Blahous, author of the study, wrote in The Wall Street Journal earlier this month that single-payer health care wouldn’t be financially feasible even if taxes were doubled, across the board.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who introduced a “Medicare for all” bill, has said that the Mercatus study is “grossly misleading and biased.” Taken from his website, in part:
“Other industrialized nations are making the morally principled and financially responsible decision to provide universal health care to all of their people—and they do so while saving money by keeping people healthier. Those who say this goal is unachievable are selling the American people short.”
The new Reuters poll also reflected that free college tuition enjoys support of the majority of Americans. Forty-one percent of Republicans said they supported the policy, pollsters found, along with 79 percent of Democrats.
One progressive measure that was not supported by a majority of respondents was a proposal to abolish Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE). Democrats were evenly split (44% to 44%), while 70% of Republicans opposed the measure to eliminate ICE.
Per Reuters, the poll consulted American adults throughout June and July this year. Reuters asked 2,989 respondents about Medicare for all, 5,339 about free college tuition, and 7,737 about abolishing ICE. The polling results have margins of error of 2 percentage points for the Medicare for all and free college tuition questions. The margin of error for the question about abolishing ICE is 1 percentage point.