But there's a striking partisan divide in the poll's results. For example, 26% of Republicans believe the "death panel" claim, and another 31% say they aren't sure.
On the other hand, just 5% of Democrats and 8% of independents buy the "death panel argument," and just 7% and 16%, respectively, are unsure.
So put it this way: 57% of Republicans are at least somewhat persuaded by the death panel argument, compared to 12% of Democrats and 24% of independents.
The poll also found a partisan divide when it comes to interpreting a "public plan." Here's the question Research 2000 asked:
QUESTION: Which of the following do you consider to be the most accurate reflection of the health care reform plan being considered by President Obama and Congress? (ROTATED): A government take over the entire health care system OR The government will provide a non-profit health insurance option to compete with private firms.
74% of Democrats chose the "non-profit health insurance" answer, while 60% of Republicans chose "government takeover."
The poll was sponsored by the liberal blog Daily Kos, and has a margin of error of +/- 2%