AP-NORC/MTV Poll: Young people back single-payer health care

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<pLarge majorities of young Americans want to see an expansion of government services, including a single-payer health carehealth insurance program, according to the poll. Roughly two-thirds of young independents are in favor.

<pYoung Americans called health care a very important issue in deciding how to vote. Sixty-two percent of those who will be old enough to vote in the midterms rated it as such. That's the most who said the same of any issue in the poll, including immigration<pChristopher Edwards, 28, of Columbia, Missouri, said health care was among the most important issues for him as he looks ahead to the midterms.

<p"People sometimes get sick, and sometimes medicine is what they need," said Edwards, who described himself as a moderate Democrat.

<pMajorities of young Americans also favor other types of expansion of government service, including free public college and trade school. Sixty-six percent of young Americans say they support free public college tuition. Seventy-nine percent of young Democrats and 39 percent of young Republicans are in favor. Among independents, 72 percent said they supported free tuition.

<pYounger people typically do not turn out for midterm election<p"I can vote all day long, every day, 30 times a day and still my opinion wouldn't matter," said Ramirez, who described herself as a political moderate.

<pLiberal Democrats are more excited than other young people about participating in the political process, according to the poll. Seventy-six percent said they are reading and watching news about November's elections, compared with 58 percent of young Americans overall. Similarly, 71 percent of liberal young Democrats called voting in the midterms very important, compared with 54 percent of young Americans overall.

<pMiller, who is a tax preparer, said that while she will absolutely vote in November's election, she's frustrated by the tone of politics today.

<p"It's more like a big high school argument," she said.

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<pThe AP-NORC and MTV poll of 1,052 young Americans age 15-34 was conducted Sept. 20 to Oct. 8, 2018. The poll was conducted using NORC's probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

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