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Poll: support for health care reform, bipartisanship


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Americans and their lawmakers have different goals when it comes to health care reform, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll out this week.

The poll found most Americans are looking for improvements to the current system in place, suggesting President Barack Obama and Democrats have found a political opening to push their plan through. In fact, half of all respondents say health care should be changed "a great deal" and only 4 percent say no change should be made at all.

Cooperation is also key: a large majority of those questioned want Democrats and Republicans to work together on the overhaul. At the same time, they don't like the way the debate is playing out, with Democrats struggling to pass reform with a narrow majority and GOP lawmakers unanimously opposing Obama-backed legislation.

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