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AP Poll: Public opinion on health care overhaul is even split

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new poll suggests public opinion on health care legislation is now an even split and a solid gain for Democrats after September results showed 49 percent opposed.

The latest Associated Press-GfK poll has found that the opposition to Obama's health care remake dropped dramatically in just a matter of weeks. Still, Americans remain divided over the complex legislation.

The poll finds the public is now split 40-40. In September, only 34 percent of those polled supported the effort.

Anger about health care boiled over during August town hall meetings. People worried the government was trying to take over the system and would usher in higher costs, lower quality - even rationing and euthanasia.

Robert Blendon, a Harvard professor who tracks public opinion on health care says this month's gain is "very significant."

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