Stethoscope and dollar Three-quarters of self-described Democrats support the idea of a single-payer system, compared to less than 20 percent of Republicans. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A new poll finds that a narrow majority of Americans support the idea of a single-payer health care system.

The survey of 1,850 adults, conducted by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, found that 51 percent favored switching to a government-run health care system similar to what currently exists in most other western countries, such as Canada, the United Kingdom and France, while 43 percent were opposed.

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