some interesting stats and analysis about public attitudes towards single payer.....mother jones. http://www.motherjones.com/commentar...ealthcare.html
2. the public wants the government to play a leading role in providing health care for all. for example, in an october, 2003 washington post/abc poll, by almost a two-to-one margin (62 percent to 33 percent), americans said that they preferred a universal system that would provide coverage to everyone under a government program, as opposed to the current employer-based system.
similarly, in kaiser polls from 1992 to 2000, a large majority of the public agreed that the federal government should guarantee medical care for people who don't have health insurance. in a slightly different question asked more recently by kaiser in june 2003, more than seven in ten adults (72 percent) agreed that the government should guarantee health insurance for all citizens, even if it means repealing most of the tax cuts passed under president george w. bush,
while less than one-quarter (24 percent) disagreed with this statement. finally, the last time gallup asked whether the federal government should make sure all americans have health coverage, they agreed that was a federal government responsibility by 62 percent to 35 percent (november 2002).
3. american overwhelmingly agree that access to health care should be a right. in 2000 just as in 1993, eight in ten agreed that health care should be provided equally to everyone, and over half agreed "strongly" or "completely." in addition, in 2004, about three-quarters (76 percent) agreed strongly or somewhat that access health care should be a right.
4. the public says it is willing to pay more in taxes to provide every american with health care coverage
. in august 2003, pew found americans favoring, by 67 percent to 26 percent, the u.s. government guaranteeing "health insurance for all citizens,"
even if that meant repealing most of "recent tax cuts." and the majority was scarcely diminished (67 percent to 29 percent) by referring not to repealing tax cuts but more directly to "raising taxes." similarly, greenberg quinlan rosner/public opinion strategies (gqr/pos) found, in january 2004, a 69 percent to 28 percent majority saying that they would be willing to pay more per year in federal taxes to assure every american citizen received health care coverage.