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Poll: Majority in N.C. favors public option

Posted November 2, 2009

— A majority of people surveyed in North Carolina support national health insurance legislation that would include a so-called "public option" for people to buy insurance, according to an Elon University Poll released Monday.

About three-fourths of respondents to the poll, which surveyed 703 residents statewide Oct. 26-29, said the U.S. health care system needs to be reformed. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

The public option, which would create a government-sponsored health plan for people who cannot get coverage elsewhere, has been among the most controversial aspects of proposed health care reform in Congress.

Fifty-four percent of North Carolina residents surveyed by Elon University said they would support a public option. Forty-one percent said they would use a public option plan should one become available.

Yet, those surveyed were evenly split on the concept of a national insurance plan where the federal government pays most medical and hospital costs for all citizens, with 47 percent saying the support the idea and 47 percent opposed to it.

“Obvious from these results is that citizens recognize that the health system is in need of reform but, like most Americans, are divided over how to do it,” Hunter Bacot, director of the Elon University Poll, said in a statement.

The number of North Carolina residents who have private health insurance has dropped in the past year, according to the poll. Seventy-three percent of those surveyed said they have private coverage, compared with 83 percent in a September 2008 poll.


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  • dogman1973 Nov 2, 2009

    I am truly not surprised by this poll. North Carolina voted for Barry and Bev in 2008. It is a tell tale sign that the folks in this state want to have their money fund wasteful social programs to make themselves feel better and in turn, loss their liberties and freedom! Soon, this state will be like Conn. and New York...no one will be able to offered to live in the state except the extremely wealthy and those sucking off the system.

  • MakoII Nov 2, 2009


    No talking points. I consistently post THE CBO website.


    Read it and weep. You can eat crow with your "I never saw blah blah" in the CBO reports, because it's in plain English on that page. FROM the CBO itself.

    I can see why YOU don't like them. But Rush Limbaugh has been reporting CBO numbers like he was reading the Bible for a decade.

    All of a sudden they're bad number is telling...

    Here, again in case you missed it:


    and again:


  • twetherby Nov 2, 2009

    So, Mako II has been on this thread constantly since 1pm, claiming to be independent, yet supporting the liberal cause with obscure talking points. He cleverly uses the CBO numbers when they support his argument, but ignores them when they do not. Personally, I would never use the CBO numbers as they have always been wrong, particularly when they attempt to predict costs any further than a year or two. They consistently under estimate the costs of programs over the long term. I have not read any recent CBO report that claims that this public option will actually SAVE money, as Mako parrots from his talking points, but I did see the estimates recently that showed the spending on this program being backed loaded, meaning the bulk of the costs were in the later years and then escalated dramatically after year 10.

    As I have said before, Mako shows up on all these stories and defends the liberal side to the nth degree. OFA must be paying well.

  • larieke Nov 2, 2009

    Just Ice, One more point.

    "54 percent of residents support health insurance legislation that would include a public option." But only 41% would use it. I guess the difference is 13% said they would like a public option, but wouldn't use it. Do you suppose that's because 12% of the NC population is over age 65 and already has a government run public option (Medicare)? And we all know that 100% of those on Medicare love their Medicare and do not want to lose that, especially since they've been paying for it for the past 40 years.

  • acbulldog Nov 2, 2009

    Not buying this poll for a second.

  • paddie Nov 2, 2009

    pthfan22, one of the points of contention is that government will be taking control over 1/6th of our economy. This isn't about providing health care for the 12 million (NOT 47 MILLION) but rather taking that huge step forward in taking control over the masses. By the way, if you don't have coverage and turn down the governments coverage, it's coming out of your bank account, no ifs ands or buts.

  • Jeremiah Nov 2, 2009

    this must be a lie because me and my close circle of friends disagree.


  • paddie Nov 2, 2009

    larieke, ah...sigh. My point is that WRAL printed a generalization instead of facts IN THEIR HEADING. A LOT of people never read the text. They never get past the heading, therefore they are lead to believe that the majority of NC supports the public option which is very much up for debate. Good grief ya'll!!!!!!!!

  • pthfan22 Nov 2, 2009

    Okay so maybe I am confused-but how is providing healthcare and taking care its citizens abuse by the govt? When you have the option to say no to the that healthcare and refuse, how is it running your life? When it will help drive down prices for everyone else how does that hurt us? It trips me out that the former admistration took away so much more of our civil liberties and its NOW that some people are starting to cry over it.
    And I personally don't want freedom OF or FROM Religion. I just don't want religion in my govt. Period.

  • kilnntime Nov 2, 2009

    Who are they polling? No one I know or have talked to are in favor of the government taking over any portion of healthcare. Can people in NC be so stupid as to think the government who has bankrupted social security, medicaid and medicare, the post office and couldnt even get the flu shot distributed properly can actually do healthcare for all less expensively? Are they insane or just plain ignorant?