Clear Majority Now Supports Public Option

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Rebounding from low numbers during the summer, a clear majority of Americans now support a public health care plan that would compete with private ones, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.

On the issue that has been a flash point in the national debate, 57 percent of all Americans now favor a public insurance option, while 40 percent are opposed. Support has risen since mid-August, when a bare majority, 52 percent, said they favored it. (In a June Post-ABC poll, support had been at 62 percent.)


The president’s ratings are still positive, but losing altitude with liberals.

Overall, 57 percent approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president and 40 percent disapprove. While those numbers have moved only marginally over the past few months, here too, there are fresh signs of issues among the party faithful: “strong approval” among liberal Democrats is down 16 percentage points over the past month.

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