According to the poll, 48% say they favor a public health plan administered by the federal government that would compete with private insurers, compared with 42% who oppose it. That's a shift from last month, though within the margin of error, when 48% opposed the public option and 46% supported it. And it's a 10-point swing from August, when 47% were in opposition and 43% were in favor.
The NBC/WSJ poll confirms the general trend, that the public option has been gaining support and losing opposition. The trend was found in almost every major news organization's polling: CNN, CBS New/New York Tims, and ABC News/Washington Post.
The CNN poll released Oct 21 showed that people favoring a public option jumped from 55% in August to 61% in October, while people opposing the public option decreased from 41% in August to 38% in October. The recent ABC News/Washington Post poll showed the support for the public option jump to 57% from its August low of 52%, while at the same time opposition eroded from 46% to only 40%. The CBS/New York Times poll from late September also showed people favoring the public option rebounding to 65%, up from the summer low of 60%. While opposition dramatically weakened to only 26% of Americans opposing the public option, compared to 34% who opposed it in August.
While each poll asked the question in a different way, the trend across all the polling is clear: Not only has support for the public option been increasing since August, but opposition to the public option has been quickly eroding. The public option has clear upward momentum.