Poll: 72% of Americans Support Public Health Care


A clear majority of Americans ( 72%) are in favor of a government sponsored health care plan to compete with private insurance according to a new CBS News/ New-York Times poll.

Most also think that the government would do a better job than the private sector at keeping down costs and believe that the government should guarantee health care for all Americans.

This new poll shows clearly that the notion of a public option is non controversial with a large majority of the people surveyed.

However, Democrats in the Senate are still considering watering down the proposal to win Republican support to the bill.

Support for public health insurance: 72% in favor, 20% opposed, 7% no opinion

By party affiliation:

Republicans- 50% in favor, 39% opposed, 11% no opinion.

Democrats-87% in favor, 9% opposed, 4% no opinion.

This is the CBS News/ New-York Times poll.