A New York Times/CBS poll found that 65% of respondents want a public health care option, while only 26% opposed such a plan.
However, respondents said that President Obama had not been clear on health care reform. Fifty-five percent said he had not explained his plan clearly, and many felt under-informed about the policies under discussion.
The Senate Finance Committee will vote on a government-run health insurance option Tuesday.
"We're going to have a full blown debate in the Finance Committee," said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), a backer of the public option. While it may be an "underdog," Schumer said, "don't count it out."