Though Bernie Sanders is still a long-shot to overcome Hillary Clinton and win the Democratic nomination, his health-care plan is the most popular of the three remaining candidates, according to the results of a Gallup survey out Monday.
Sanders has called for replacing the Affordable Care Act with a federally funded program providing insurance for all Americans.
Asked their opinions of three separate scenarios for the future of Obamacare, 58 percent to 37 percent said they would like to see the 2010 health care law replaced with care for all, as advocated by Sanders. As far as flat out repealing the Affordable Care Act, which Donald Trump has vowed to do, 51 percent to 45 percent expressed support. And in terms of keeping the health care law as it is, just 48 percent said they would support that, while 49 percent said they would oppose. Hillary Clinton has by and large advocated for the law to remain in place as it currently exists.
An important caveat: Gallup did not attach any of the candidates’ names to the separate questions.
Among Democrats and those leaning toward the party, 73 percent to 22 percent said they would support something akin to Sanders’ plan, while among Republicans and leaners, 41 percent would support and 55 percent would oppose. One-in-four Democrats and leaners said they wanted to see Obamacare repealed, while 72 percent said they did not. Among Republicans and leaners, eight in 10 said they would favor scrapping it, as Trump has advocated, while just 17 percent said they would not. As far as keeping the Affordable Care Act in place, 79 percent to 19 percent of Democrats and leaners voiced support, while 82 percent to 16 percent of Republicans opposed.
Gallup collected its results from May 6-8, surveying 1,549 adults nationwide via landlines and cellphones. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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