Poll: Government-Run Health Care Would Result in Higher Costs, Higher Taxes, Lower Quality

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | August 7, 2019 | 12:30 PM EDT

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Opposition to the type of single-payer, government-run, universal health care system touted by some Democrat presidential hopefuls has risen to its highest level in nearly five years, a new Rasmussen Reports survey reveals.

In the national survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted August 4-5, 2019, 47% said they oppose single-payer, universal, government-run health care, while only 36% said they favor it. A year ago, voters were evenly split between those who support (43%) and oppose (43%) this type of health care.

What’s more, nearly two-thirds (64%) now say they believe their personal taxes will increase under such a system, and strong pluralities say the cost of health care will go up (45%), but the quality of health care will go down (47%). Less than a quarter of respondents expect health care costs would fall (23%) or that the qualtiy of care will rise (23%) under government-run health care.

Single-Payer/Govt-Run/Universal Health Care:

  • Favor: 36%
  • Oppose: 47%
  • Undecided: 17%

Personal Taxes Will:

  • Increase: 64%
  • Decrease: 6%
  • Stay about the Same: 17%
  • Undecided: 12%

Cost of Health Care Will:

  • Increase: 45%
  • Decrease: 23%
  • Stay about the Same: 18%
  • Unsure: 14%

Quality of Health Care Will:

  • Get Worse: 47%
  • Improve: 23%
  • Stay about the Same: 18%
  • Undecided: 11%

Specifically, the four questions asked of respondents in the Rasmussen poll were:

  • “Do you favor or oppose a single-payer health care system where the federal government provides coverage for everyone?”
  • “Are your personal taxes likely to go up or go down if a single-payer government health care system is established? Or will your taxes stay about the same?”
  • “If a government-run health care system replaces existing private insurance companies, will health care costs go up or down? Or will they remain about the same?”
  • “Will health care be better or worse under a government-run health care system? Or will it stay about the same?”

The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.


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