Ezra Klein made a graph from a recent Vanity Fair poll. The question: "Could you confidently explain what exactly the public option is to someone who didn’t know?" The gap is worrying, but the Dish is forced to agree with this commenter:
I have a slight problem with the graph in this post. You have biased this graph to over exaggerate the relative size of 'No' response by starting the graph at 20. Thus it appears as if the No's outweigh Yes's by almost a factor of 8. When in reality it's only about 2.5. (66 vs 26)
Sadly the number of Americans incapable of explaining the public option is so large that there was hardly a need to graphically exaggerate it to make your point.
Yglesias tackles the substance of the graph:
The fact of the matter is that while a lot has been written about political controversy about the public option relatively little has been written about what the public option actually is.