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Poll: Public still sour on health care

From NBC's Mark Murray
As the political world waits on the returns from the special Senate election in Massachusetts, one of the big issues in the race -- the health care debate -- has increasingly become a liability for the Obama White House and the Democratic Party, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

In the survey, only 33 percent say President Obama's health-reform effort is a good idea, versus 46 percent who consider it a bad idea.

That result is essentially unchanged from last month's poll. However, the number saying that Obama's health plan is a bad idea has increased 20 percentage points since April, when the public supported the reform effort by a 33-26 percent margin.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted Jan. 10-14, and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points.

The full survey comes out later this afternoon.