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NBC poll: Public sours on health reform

From NBC's Mark Murray
As the Senate sprints to pass a health-care bill by Christmas, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that those believing President Obama's health-reform plan is a good idea has sunk to its lowest level.

Just 32 percent say it's a good idea, versus 47 percent who say it's a bad idea.

In addition, for the first time in the survey, a plurality prefers the status quo to reform. By a 44-41 percent margin, respondents say it would be better to keep the current system than to pass Obama's health plan.

By comparison, in September's and October's NBC/Journal polls, the American public preferred changing the system to the status quo, 45 to 39 percent.

The poll was conducted Dec. 11-14, and has a margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points.

The full survey will be released tonight at 6:30 pm ET on NBC Nightly News and MSNBC.com.