NBC/WSJ Poll: Support for Public Option Growing
by Jonathan Singer, Tue Oct 27, 2009 at 09:27:20 AM EDT
Check out the latest numbers teased from this evening's forthcoming NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showing that support is growing for the public option and that more than seven in ten in this country believe it is important to give Americans a choice of a public option.
Per Chuck Todd, the favor/oppose question on the left is "a straightforward question that we've been asking for four months... For the first time, this is the largest gap between favor and oppose we've shown." Todd later explained that these numbers are "good news for public option advocates and probably good news for Senator Reid." Indeed. At a time when the Senate is moving towards an important debate over the public option, polling showing that support for a public option has reached a new high despite sustained criticism from the right and that 72 percent of the country believes it to be important to give Americans a choice of a government-run program only strengthens the hands of proponents of the public option.