January 28th, 2010
09:33 AM ET
13 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Is GOP governor right when he says most Americans do not want to turn over medical care to government?

(CNN) - In the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said, "All Americans agree, we need a health care system that is affordable, accessible, and high quality. But most Americans do not want to turn over the best medical care system in the world to the federal government."

The CNN Fact Check Desk could find no evidence to support that most Americans oppose turning over the medical care system to the federal government, or that they had even been asked the question. Furthermore, there is no proposal to do so.

What we did find is a CNN/Opinion Poll Research Corporation Poll conducted January 8-10 of this year that showed most Americans actually favored the creation of a public health insurance option administered by the federal government that would compete with plans offered by private health insurance companies. With a sampling error of +/-3 percentage points, 54 percent of respondents were in favor, and 46 percent were opposed.

Filed under: President Obama • SOTU fact check