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Poll says majority of Northeast Ohioans want Medicare for all

July 24, 2018

Poll says majority of Northeast Ohioans want Medicare for all

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A new poll found Northeast Ohioans overwhelmingly think America should move to a Medicare-for-all plan, viewing health care as a human right.

The poll also showed Northeast Ohioans want government intervention in the health care system. Nearly a quarter of respondents said health care was their top priority in their voting decisions, while another 69 percent said it was important.

The poll was conducted by RABA Research with questions from Advance Local, cleveland.com’s parent company. RABA Research conducted the poll from July 18-19 via an automated phone survey of 613 respondents in the Cleveland media market. The poll was conducted over landline phones, with the pollster weighting the results on gender, age, race and to account for those without landlines.

Heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County is the largest county in the market area – which includes 17 counties as far west as Erie, as far east as Ashtabula and as far south as Tuscarawas – but party preference was not surveyed. The poll was a random sample of respondents in the media market and did not account for each county’s population.

The margin of error is plus-or-minus 3.84 percent.

The poll shows strong support for nationalized health coverage in one of the state’s most populous regions heading into the 2018 midterms.

People in nearly every demographic said they thought health care was a right. And 60 percent of respondents said the government should provide Medicare – the federal program that provides health care coverage for the elderly – for all.

More than 40 percent of respondents said their service on Medicare or Medicaid – a similar program that covers people with low incomes and disabilities – was adequate, compared with 18 percent who said it was not.

Nearly 75 percent of respondents said insurance companies should have to cover preexisting conditions, and 67 percent said the government should regulate drug prices.

The survey also showed cost prevented 47 percent of respondents from having a recommended procedure. A quarter of respondents said cost prevented them or someone in their family from accessing mental health services.

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