The poll also asked a series of questions about the healthcare bill, and Americans responded that the bill would make their lives better in various ways, saying so by around 20 percent, rounded off, each time.

In short, the percentage of respondents who favor the public option is more than three times larger than the percentage that believes the bill would substantially improve their healthcare situation. The percentage of Republicans who support the public option is higher than the percentage of the nation as a whole, on four key questions, that believes the bill will make healthcare better.

For Democratic leaders and members of the House or Senate to eliminate or destroy the public option, which has such huge support, on a bill that has such modest support, would be an act of supreme policy and political stupidity.