As its progressive wing and a groundswell of new and energetic candidates continues to move the Democratic Party to the left, a new Reuters poll out Thursday shows that support for a key plank of this insurgency — Medicare for All — has hit an all-time high with 70 percent of all Americans now in favor of a such program, including nearly 85 percent of Democrats and a full 52 percent of Republicans.
With such levels of popularity, as an accompanying article exploring some of the tensions within the party makes clear, Democratic leaders are being told they ignore the push for Medicare for All at their own peril.
Incredible. According to a new poll 70 percent of Americans now support Medicare for all—including 52 percent of Republicans! The momentum is with us. pic.twitter.com/6V8G8E35Nb
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 23, 2018
Members of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) policy team also applauded the findings:
uh, holy shit new @Reuters poll
“would you support a policy of medicare for all?”
— mike casca (@cascamike) August 23, 2018
84.5% of Democrats support Medicare for All.
51.9% of Republicans (!!) support Medicare for All.
— Josh Miller-Lewis (@jmillerlewis) August 23, 2018
While the Reuters article focused mainly on the question of whether progressive leaders like Sanders and congressional candidates like New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Nebraska’s Kara Eastman can convince voters to support progressive proposals, the news agency’s polling showed that centrist Democrats, who claim they are trying to appeal to so-called “moderates,” are actually alienating the vast majority of potential voters on key issues.
But the poll toward the bottom of the page conveyed that centrist Democrats still…