Recent poll results showing an uptick in public support for a government run healthcare plan are "skewed," according to House Minority Whip Eric Cantor.
The Virginia Republican told reporters that the Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Tuesday that reports 57 percent support a public option was flawed because the question was inaccurate.
1,004 respondents surveyed between Oct. 15 - 18 were asked if they "support or oppose having the government create a new health insurance plan to compete with private health plans."
The second-ranking House Republican pointed out on Wednesday morning however, that the question was misleading because it assumes that those who have health insurance through an employer would get to keep it.
Republicans believe that if the government creates a public option, it will compete unfairly with private companies and drive many out of business.
Cantor said there is a much different result when people are asked "would you support a public plan that would replace your healthcare?"
In fact, he has seen polling data that shows "over 61 percent of Americans reject this notion of a public option."