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August 28, 2009


Most Don't Know What "Public Option" Means

A new survey done by by Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates shows there is widespread uncertainty about what a "public option" means in the various health care reform bills. Just 37% of the poll's respondents correctly identified the public option from a list of three choices provided to them.

Nate Silver: "If the respondents had simply chosen randomly among the three options provide to them, 33 percent would have selected the correct definition for the public option. Instead, only 37 percent did (although 23 percent did not bother to guess). This is mostly a debate being had among policy elites and the relatively small fraction of the public that is highly knowledgeable and engaged about health care reform; for most others, the details are lost on them."














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