Americans, in general, support government-provided universal health care. A Pew Research Center survey taken in January found that 60 percent say that it's the responsibility of the federal government to make sure that all Americans have health coverage.

A Morning Consult/Politico poll in April found that support for a single-payer health system outweighs opposition, by 44 percent to 36 percent (with 19 percent unsure). A Gallup poll turned up similar results. In fact, support for universal health care isn't a recent phenomenon; it was high before the bruising political battles over the Affordable Care Act.

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