Poll: Most Americans want government to ensure health care coverage is provided to all

As Republicans in Congress begin to dismantle the Affordable Health Care Act, a recent Pew Research Center survey showed most Americans support the idea that the government should ensure health care coverage is available to all.

In early January, the Center polled 1,502 adults using landlines and cell phones and found about 60 percent of those surveyed indicated the government should be responsible for making sure all Americans have health care, the most support in nearly a decade.

Not surprisingly, the results fell along party lines. 

About 85 percent of Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents support the idea while only 32 percent of Republicans and those leaning Republican do.

However, the poll found support among lower to middle class Republicans is increasing with 52 percent of those who make less than $30,000 favoring the idea, up 21 percent from 2106. Only 18 percent of those who make more than $75,000 support the concept, according to the survey.

Democrats also support a single payer options with about 43 percent of those surveyed supporting the concept.  Fifty-six percent of Republicans indicated the government should continue Medicare and Medicaid.

Just five percent of those surveyed said the government should take no roll in health care.