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A new survey says by 77% Americans want the choice of a public health care option in addition to the choice of private options.

Here comes our momentum!

More than three out of every four Americans feel it is important to have a "choice" between a government-run health care insurance option and private coverage, according to a public opinion poll released on Thursday.

A new study by SurveyUSA puts support for a public option at a robust 77 percent, one percentage point higher than where it stood in June.

Spread this far and wide folks. This is the momentum changer!

Link here

... And here is the link to the actually survey Here

Survey USA asked similar questions as WSJ/NBC and similar demographics:

SurveyUSA demographics were matched as close as practicable to demographics used by the NBC-WSJ pollsters in June, July and August 2009. The NBC-WSJ questionnaires in all cases were longer. Not all questions from the NBC-WSJ surveys were included in the SurveyUSA research. For example, in the July 2009 NBC-WSJ poll, respondents were asked questions about Congress, Sonia Sotomayor, Sarah Palin, Joe Biden , Nancy Pelosi, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, the 2010 mid-term election, job creation, deficit spending, Iraq, Afghanistan, gasoline, global warming, greenhouse gases, moral values, bank regulation and stimulus packages before respondents were asked questions about health care. There is nothing inherently worse about a longer questionnaire, there is nothing inherently better about a shorter questionnaire; there is just more opportunity for "question-order" interaction in a longer questionnaire. SurveyUSA included only the questions shown below, and no others. SurveyUSA Question #1 does not map to a specific NBC-WSJ poll; it was included to introduce the respondent to the topic of health care. SurveyUSA poll was conducted using digitally mastered, recorded audio. NBC-WSJ polls were not. NBC-WSJ August data gathered 08/15/09 through 08/17/09. SurveyUSA data gathered 08/19/09. SurveyUSA data collection for this project was underwritten by

Hopefully, this can be used as PROOF POSITIVE Americans want the CHOICE of a public option!

**Update: From the comments, the point was made that maybe people responded so strongly in the affirmative because the Obama/Dems proposal was assumed to be a government takeover (given all the scare/confusion tactics), hence many people want the "choice" of a private plan because they assumed if they didn't have that choice then their only other option was a "government takeover"

Originally posted to We Shall Overcome on Thu Aug 20, 2009 at 12:41 PM PDT.

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