According to a recently-released Quinnipiac poll, Americans want a public option in whatever health care reform Congress produces.

Sixty-nine percent of Americans support creation of a government-run health plan to compete with private insurance companies, a new poll found.


“American voters want their fellow countrymen to have the option of a public plan, but don’t want a public plan for themselves because they are satisfied personally with their health care,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s polling institute.

The poll of 3,063 adults, taken June 23-29, showed strong support for President Barack Obama’s efforts to overhaul health care. The margin of error was plus or minus 1.8 percentage points.

By a margin of 53 percent to 33 percent, respondents said they trusted Obama over congressional Republicans to handle health care.

Recent conservative efforts to frame the public option as unpopular with most Americans are simply misleading and untrue. Yes, most people might not want it for themselves, but that doesn’t mean they’re opposed to the idea.