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Most Major News Polls Show Support For Public Option Increasing and Opposition Fading

A new NBC/WSJ poll will be released later today that shows support increasing for the public option:

According to the poll, 48% say they favor a public health plan administered by the federal government that would compete with private insurers, compared with 42% who oppose it. That’s a shift from last month, though within the margin of error, when 48% opposed the public option and 46% supported it. And it’s a 10-point swing from August, when 47% were in opposition and 43% were in favor.

The NBC/WSJ poll confirms the general trend, that the public option has been gaining support and losing opposition. The trend was found in almost every major news organization’s polling: CNN, CBS New/New York Tims, and ABC News/Washington Post.

The CNN poll released Oct 21 showed that people favoring a public option jumped from 55% in August to 61% in October, while people opposing the public option decreased from 41% in August to 38% in October. The recent ABC News/Washington Post poll showed the support for the public option jump to 57% from its August low of 52%, while at the same time opposition eroded from 46% to only 40%. The CBS/New York Times poll from late September also showed people favoring the public option rebounding to 65%, up from the summer low of 60%. While opposition dramatically weakened to only 26% of Americans opposing the public option, compared to 34% who opposed it in August.

While each poll asked the question in a different way, the trend across all the polling is clear: Not only has support for the public option been increasing since August, but opposition to the public option has been quickly eroding. The public option has clear upward momentum.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

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