40% of Americans support tax-funded single-payer healthcare, says poll

A YouGov poll suggests that a significant minority of Americans support a single-payer government-funded healthcare system. Is America ready for universal healthcare?

The YouGov poll for the Economist surveyed 1,500 US adults between the 23rd and 25th July 2017.

Respondents were asked:

“Do you favor or oppose creating a single-payer health care system, in which all Americans would get their health insurance from one government plan that is financed by taxes?”


It found that 40% of those surveyed said they favoured such a system while 33% said they were not in favour in such a system. A breakdown indicates that 21% strongly favour a single-payer healthcare system and 19% somewhat favour such a system. A total of 22% strongly oppose the idea while 11% are somewhat opposed to it.

A further 26% said they did not know.

When don’t knows are removed, 59% are in favour of a single-payer system and 41% are against it.

Poll break-down

Voters are significantly split by their party affiliation as well as their ideological identification. 54% of Democrat respondents said they were in favour of a single-payer system while just 28% of Republicans agreed. Furthermore, a total of 66% of liberals were in favour against just 20% of conservatives.

There is also a split when the comes to age-groups with younger voters more likely to be in favour of such a system, however, the difference is marginal.

On top of that, 61% of those who voted for Clinton said they were in favour of such a system while just 22% of those who voted for Trump agreed.

A previous YouGov poll from the 15th - 18th July suggested that 41% were in favour of a single-payer healthcare system and that 35% were opposed to one. There has only been a slight change since this poll. The fact that the polls are so similar suggests accuracy in their findings.

Obamacare and single-payer healthcare

The new poll comes as after the Senate rejected the opportunity to repeal "Obamacare", as reported by the BBC.

President Donald J. Trump has since tweeted about the incident:

Furthermore, on Thursday 27th July, a Republican Senator introduced a motion for a single-payer system in an effort to expose an “intra-party rift” in the Democrats, according to CNN. The site also reported that Senator Bernie Sanders, who lost out to Hillary Clinton in last year’s Democratic presidential nomination race did not support the measure, but is working on his own single-payer healthcare plan.

With a Republican president, a Republican Senate, and a Republican House of Representatives there likely will not be a single-payer healthcare system any time soon, but the YouGov numbers indicate that there is significant support for such a system, and a disastrous Trump presidency could usher in someone of the same cloth as Bernie Sanders in 2020 who might just push the idea.

Is America ready for universal healthcare?

The full results of the YouGov/Economist poll can be accessed here.