New Poll Shows Majority of Republicans and Democrats Support Medicare for All

In a surprising poll from Reuters, both Republicans and Democrats supported a medicare for all policy, one of the more progressive suggestions in recent years. 

Medicare for all is a concept outspokenly supported by progressive politicians such as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The Reuters poll indicates that the concept isn’t as starkly leftist as it may seem, with a Republican support of 51.9 percent. The idea dominated the Democrats, with 84.5 percent in support of the progressive policy. 

In a tweet on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez shared the results of the poll.

“At this point, any candidate or official who doesn’t support Medicare for All could be seen as holding a ‘fringe’ stance in the Democratic Party,” she wrote. “Americans overwhelmingly want single payer. We know it has the power to transform life for working people.”

But Medicare for all wasn’t the only progressive idea that got support from both parties. According to the poll, free college tuition was a popular idea with Democrats, and even though the majority of Republicans opposed, a solid 41.1 percent of them supported the idea. 

Sanders tweeted Thursday in reaction to the Medicare for all and free college tuition numbers, “Our ideas are winning and these are struggles we will win together.”

President Donald Trump’s controversial zero-tolerance and family separation immigration policies put the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in the spotlight, with cries of support from conservatives and demands to abolish from progressives. 

According to the poll, Democrats are evenly split on the idea of abolishing ICE and the concept faces stark opposition from Republicans. 

The poll data came from surveying of American adults in June and July of this year. Medicare for all question received 2,989 respondents, free college tuition question received 5,339, and abolishing ICE question received 7,737 respondents. Medicare for all and free college tuition questions have a margin of error of two percentage points, while the abolish ICE question has a margin of error of one percentage point. 

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