Poll questions public option support

While some Democrats are suggesting an increase in support for a health care reform bill that includes a public option, the most recent polling tells a different story.

Rasmussen Reports put out a new survey today showing support for President Obama's health care proposal — which includes a public plan — from just 45 percent of voters polled and opposition from 51 percent of respondents.

The poll also found that 57 percent of voters believe their medical costs will increase under a reform plan and 53 percent think the quality of their health care will diminish if it is enacted.

“Perhaps the most stunning aspect of the numbers is how stable they have been through months of debate, town hall protests, presidential speeches, congressional wrangling, and more,” wrote the poll's editors. “With the exception of bounces following nationally televised presidential pitches for the plan, support has stayed between 41 percent and 46 percent since July.”

A Washington Post poll last week showed a jump in support for the public option, to 57 percent of respondents, but most of those questioned were Democrats, who tend to support government-run health care in greater numbers.

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