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An overwhelming 94-percent of Canadians support public - not private, for-profit - solutions to making the country’s healthcare system stronger - with an equal number of Conservatives flying the banner for public health care.

A new poll conducted by Nanos Research, released today revealed the soaring Canada-wide support, up nearly ten-percent from a similar poll conducted a little over a year ago. Support has risen to a record 94-percent, from a strong showing in August 2010 of 86-percent, underlining that more than nine in ten Canadians support public solutions to making public healthcare stronger.

“There are two issues at play here,” Nik Nanos, president of Nanos Research, noted. “First, healthcare continues to be a top issue of national concern for Canadians. The second point is that right across the board, regardless of political affiliation or other demographics, support for public solutions in health care has increased over the past three years.”

The new poll was commissioned on behalf of the Canadian Health Coalition (CHC) and surveyed 1,202 Canadians between Oct. 20 and 24, 2011. The results are considered accurate within 2.8 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

The results were good news for the CHC, a national organization that advocates for the protection and expansion of Canada’s public health system, who said the polling results should serve as a loud wake up call to the Harper government.