Which of the following scenarios do you prefer/ do you prefer?
Getting a health care bill with the choice of a strong public health insurance option to compete with private insurance plans that's supported only by Democrats in Congress, OR Getting a health care bill with no public option that has the support of Democrats and a handful of Republicans?
Public option: 52%
No public option: 39%
"It's true that other polls have found that majorities prefer that the final bill be bipartisan," writes Greg Sargent. "But here's the rub: The previous polls asked the question in isolation -- do you want a bipartisan bill, or a partisan one -- without explaining to respondents that winning over Republicans could result in actual policy consequences that they might not like. The above is a more accurate framing of the choice the public -- and lawmakers -- face right now."
I think people prefer bipartisanship because we always hear politicians praising it -- I doubt they have any deep desire for it. And people prefer good ideas -- and policies -- more. Take the average person aside and ask them what their favorite bipartisan program or policy is. I don't think you'll get an answer.
This backs up what I've been saying for a while; no one actually cares about bipartisanship. Bipartisanship is part of the process and people are mainly concerned with the results.