Poll: Even Split on Health Care

Reform proponents closing 'intensity gap'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2009 8:38 AM CDT
Minnesota College Republicans show their opposition to President Barack Obama outside the Target Center in Minneapolis, Saturday, where President Barack Obama addressed a health care rally.   (AP Photo/David Sherman)
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(Newser) – The public is split right down the middle on health care reform, but opposition has eased somewhat, and reform supporters are closing the “enthusiasm gap,” according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Right now 46% say they support Democratic plans, while 48% oppose them. But the number who “strongly” support them has risen to 32% since mid-August.

The public’s view on the public option, meanwhile, is complicated. A 55% majority likes the idea. But if it were dropped from the bill, support for the overall effort would swing to 50% for, and 42% opposed. Ditching the public option also wouldn’t hurt Obama much with his base—support among liberal Democrats would fall from 88% to 81%.