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Poll: MN voters back public option, not Senate health care bill

A new poll released today shows that 62 percent of Minnesota voters support a public health insurance option, while just 35 percent back the Senate health care bill.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 60 percent of Minnesota voters support a public health insurance option, while just 35 percent back the Senate health care bill, according to a Research 2000 poll released today.

The poll comes at a critical point in the health care debate, as White House and Congressional leaders, including Rep. John Kline, are meeting at Blair House in an effort to hash out a deal on health reform.

The poll’s results will be a boost to progressives like Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Keith Ellison, who in recent days have helped lead a resurgent campaign to advance a public option. More than 20 senators, Franken included, have signed on to a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to hold a vote on the public option in the Senate using budget reconciliation rules, which would dodge an otherwise-likely filibuster and require only 51 votes to pass.

Research 2000 conducted the poll for a group of progressive organizations, though the pollster itself is generally considered fair and regularly partners with mainstream news outlets like the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Raleigh News & Observer and Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. For more on the poll, including crosstabbed results, click here.