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Mike Ross’s District Supports a Public Option, Mike Ross Does Not

Mike RossRecently, Mike Ross sent a letter to his constituents saying, “I remain opposed to a government-run public option,” and called the idea “controversial.”

Daily Kos just published a new poll by Research 2000 showing that a plurality of Ross’ district support the public option. Forty-seven percent of those polled favor creating a “government-administered health insurance option that anyone can purchase to compete with private insurance plans,” while only 44% opposed. Support for the public option was overwhelming among Democrats in the district (74% favor vs. 19% oppose); the PO was supported by a plurality of independents (47% favor vs 43% oppose).

Interestingly, the public option was much more popular than Obama’s health care plan as a whole. When asked, “generally speaking, do you favor or oppose Barack Obama’s health care plan?” 40% of all those polled said they favor the plan, while 48% are opposed to it.

If Ross continues to oppose the public option it could hurt him with his base. 32% of Democrats said they would be less likely to vote for Ross if he opposed a public option, while only 12% of Democrats would be more likely to support him for opposing a public option.

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Mike Ross’s District Supports a Public Option, Mike Ross Does Not

Recently, Mike Ross sent a letter to his constituents saying, “I remain opposed to a government-run public option,” and called the idea “controversial.”

Daily Kos just published a new poll by Research 2000 showing that a plurality of Ross’ district support the public option. Forty-seven percent of those polled favor creating a “government-administered health insurance option that anyone can purchase to compete with private insurance plans,” while only 44% opposed. Support for the public option was overwhelming among Democrats in the district (74% favor vs. 19% oppose); the PO was supported by a plurality of independents (47% favor vs 43% oppose).

Interestingly, the public option was much more popular than Obama’s health care plan as a whole. When asked, “generally speaking, do you favor or oppose Barack Obama’s health care plan?” 40% of all those polled said they favor the plan, while 48% are opposed to it.

If Ross continues to oppose the public option it could hurt him with his base. 32% of Democrats said they would be less likely to vote for Ross if he opposed a public option, while only 12% of Democrats would be more likely to support him for opposing a public option.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com