The YouGov Live poll, conducted 11th January and weighted to ensure a representative sample, indicates that almost half of Brits would choose to pay more taxes to keep the NHS delivering the services it currently provides.
In contrast, just 23% said they would like to see taxes kept at their current levels and a cut in services or waiting times.
A further 31% said they did not know.
37% of Conservative voters agreed with this, which, although lower than the other parties, is a higher proportion than the 31% who disagreed.
Furthermore, 40% of UKIP voters also supported paying more taxes to fund the NHS.
The poll is purely hypothetical and turns the future of the NHS into a simple binary choice between the same services and more tax versus the same taxes and a smaller NHS. The reality is much more complex. Nonetheless, the finding shows that there is political will from the public to pay “substantially higher taxes” to save the NHS.
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