In Every Super Tuesday State With Exit Polls, Majority of Democratic Voters Support Eliminating Private Health Insurance
While Democratic voters showed on Super Tuesday that they are far from united on which presidential candidate should be at the top of the ticket come November, majorities in every state with exit polling data available agreed on at least one deeply consequential policy aspiration: replacing private health insurance with a government-run plan that covers everyone.
"Important Super Tuesday takeaway that is flying under the radar—every state with exit poll results shows majority support for replacing private insurance, it's winning by huge margins in a few."
—Andrew Feldman, Democratic consultant
"Medicare for All is winning," Alyssa Kang, community organizer with the California Nurses Association, tweeted Tuesday evening as early Edison Research exit poll results from Maine, North Carolina, and Virginia showed majority support for eliminating private insurance in favor of a universal government plan.
Results from every other Super Tuesday state—with the exception of Utah and Arkansas, where Edison did not conduct exit polls—followed the early trend, delivering the clearest indication of the 2020 election season that scrapping America's wasteful and deadly private insurance system is not as "radical" or unpalatable a proposal as some politicians and pundits like to claim.
Democratic voters in Vermont, the home state of presidential hopeful and Medicare for All champion Sen. Bernie Sanders, supported eliminating private insurance by the widest margin.
A government plan for all instead of private insurance, Support/Oppose: VT: 73%/23% ME: 69%/28% TX: 63%/33% MN: 62%/35% CO: 57%/36% CA: 57%/36% NC: 55%/41% OK: 53%/43% TN: 52%/44% AL: 51%/43% VA: 52%/45% MA: 50%/45%
NBC News Exit Poll, Do you support a single government health insurance plan for all? SOUTH CAROLINA: Favor 50% Oppose 44% NEVADA: Favor 62% Oppose 35% NEW HAMPSHIRE: Favor 58% Oppose 37% IOWA: Favor 57% Oppose 38%
The exit polls from Super Tuesday states come after the first four voting states of the Democratic presidential primary delivered a clean sweep in favor of Medicare for All, a policy proposal long backed by Sanders and opposed by former Vice President Joe Biden, the favored candidate of the Democratic establishment.
"Important Super Tuesday takeaway that is flying under the radar—every state with exit poll results shows majority support for replacing private insurance, it's winning by huge margins in a few," tweeted Democratic consultant Andrew Feldman. "Is it time to ask ourselves if Medicare for All is actually a winning position?"
"It was time like two years ago," responded "Secular Talk" host Kyle Kulinski.