Setting up a government-run universal health care program may have bipartisan appeal.

Frank Newport, an analyst at the research and polling firm Gallup, found evidence for that possibility when he looked at survey data collected earlier this month.

Survey workers asked 1,549 U.S. adults ages 18 and older about their views on three possibilities:

  • Leaving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) as is.

  • Repealing PPACA.

  • Replacing PPACA with a federally funded health care program that would cover all Americans.

Most participants who are Democrats or lean toward Democratic candidates said they support leaving PPACA as is.

Most participants who are Republicans or lean toward Republican candidates said they support repealing PPACA.

But replacing PPACA with a federally funded universal health care program attracted strong support from the Democrats and Democratic leaners, and some support from the Republicans and Republican leaners.

About 73 percent of the Democrats and Democratic leaners said they like the idea of replacing PPACA with a federal universal health care program, and 41 percent of the Republicans and Republican leaners said they support that option. Fifty-eight percent of all survey participants backed the universal health care concept.

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