September 24, 2020
Bill Shapard

'Medicare for All,' a Democratic healthcare initiative, not popular in Oklahoma

Fixing healthcare may not be at the top of voters minds right now, or a major issue going into the November election, but it will be one after the election is over.


One proposed plan from the Democratic side, particularly Bernie Sanders and his supporters, is changing to a single-payer system that would coverage all Americans but require the elimination of practically all private healthcare in the country.

In Oklahoma, likely voters are not impressed according to the latest Quarterly Poll. While nearly one-in-three support the proposal, 61.1 percent oppose the healthcare expansion with 47.5 percent strongly opposing it.

[QUESTION] 'Medicare for All' is a single-payer health care system that would provide healthcare to everyone in the United States with no premium or deductibles. Proponents say it is a right and that enrolling everyone in one plan is the best way to ensure universal coverage, especially for the economic vulnerable, and would free Americans to change jobs without losing coverage. Critics say it does away with nearly all private insurance, will cost as much as $3.5 trillion dollars a year, create longer waits and less medical specialists, and all run by a federal government that has trouble running the post office. Knowing this, do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE Medicare for All?

1. Strongly support 20.2%
2. Somewhat support 11.5
3. Neutral/Don't know/No opinion 7.2
4. Somewhat oppose 13.6
5. Strongly oppose 47.5

Among Republicans, an overwhelming 82.5 percent opposed the Democratic plan. With Democrats, 50.3 percent supported the plan but 38.7 percent opposed the plan from their own party. Independents were more likely to support the plan with 59.4 percent, and 30.5 percent opposing it.

As expected, self-identified liberals overwhelmingly support the plan and self-identified conservatives overwhelmingly oppose it, but among moderates 35.6 percent support it, 47.2 percent oppose it and 17.1 percent don't know enough about it to form an opinion at this time.

Among Biden supporters, 23.4 percent opposed the plan with 67.9 percent supporting it, although Biden does not support the plan.

Kamala Harris, Biden's vice presidential running mate, supports the plan. Trump and Pence oppose the Medicare for All plan.

Men are slightly more likely than women to oppose the plan.

About the Poll, Oklahoma’s public opinion pollster, asked these questions of Oklahoma likely voters as part of the SoonerPoll Quarterly Poll.

The scientific study was conducted from August 13-31, 2020 with 379 likely Oklahoma voters selected at random statewide from a tri-frame of both landline telephone and cell phones, plus SoonerPoll's proprietary online panel. The sample was weighted by age, political party, and congressional district in order to reflect the Oklahoma likely voter population for a primary election. The weighting was conducted using a 'layered technique.'

The sample reflects the traditional demographical profile of the Oklahoma likely voter with roughly half of respondents identifying as conservative and attending religious services once or more per week. The study has a Margin of Error (MoE) of ±5.03 percent.

This poll not only conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls but exceeds the standard disclosure with a Call Disposition and Rate Calculation Report. A complete description of the methodology can be found here.

The poll's Call Disposition and Rate Calculation Report can be viewed here.  A beta version of the Weighting Table Report can be viewed here.

Bill Shapard
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Bill Shapard

Bill is the founder of and ShapardResearch, a full service market research firm based in Oklahoma City. Bill began his career in polling after working on major campaigns for both Republicans and Democrats in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004.