Democrats Evenly Divided on Banning Private Health Insurance Companies

Forty percent (40%) of Democratic voters at least somewhat favor a proposal to ban private health insurance companies. A survey found that requiring everybody to get their insurance and medical care through the federal government is opposed by 37% of Democrats.

Republican voters oppose the plan by a 66% to 23% margin. Forty-seven percent (47%) of Independents are opposed to such a ban while just 21% favor it (see full crosstab results). conducts surveys on healthcare topics at least twice each month (sign up for free email updates).

Overall, among all voters, 12% Strongly Favor the elimination of private health insurance companies. Another 15% Somewhat Favor the idea. Other data that focused on providing choice to patients found that just 18% were okay with banning private insurance companies. One reason for opposition to such a radical change may be the fact that seven-out-of-ten voters are happy with their existing health insurance coverage.

Men are more likely than women to support the elimination of private health insurance companies.

The desire for increased choice is a consistent theme in all polling related to health care:

  • 67% favor allowing every worker to choose how much insurance they are willing to pay for. They could have less expensive insurance and more take home pay or more expensive insurance and less take-home pay.
  • 65% support allowing anybody to choose between keeping their existing health insurance and buying the insurance coverage available to government employees
  • 63% favor allowing those who can’t get health insurance elsewhere to buy insurance from Medicare
  • 59% support letting anybody choose between keeping their existing health insurance and buying insurance from Medicare

Just 18% of those with private health insurance say they would give up their existing health insurance and buy insurance from Medicare. releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email.

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The national survey of 1,030 Registered Voters was conducted May 17-18, 2019 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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