Rasmussen Reports, December 17, 2012
Forty percent (40%) of Likely U.S. Voters favor a single-payer system, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty-four percent (44%) oppose the creation of such a system. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided.
The question asked:
Do you favor or oppose a single-payer health care system where the federal government provides coverage for everyone?
(Conducted December 10-11, 2012. Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.)
By Don McCanne, MD
Rasmussen telephone surveys are noted for results demonstrating right-wing bias. Understanding that, it is interesting that the results of this poll demonstrated a near even split in public support for single payer.
Several surveys from other sources have demonstrated closer to sixty percent support for single payer. Considering the likely bias in this poll, there does not seem to be any significant decline in support for single payer even though the Affordable Care Act is already being implemented.
As people observe how many will be left uninsured and how ineffective the plans will be in protecting personal finances, it can be anticipated that support for single payer will continue to grow until it reaches a threshold where it finally becomes a political imperative.