There's a "new" Washington Poll out today that analyzes what residents of this state told University of Washington pollsters about health care reform back in October of 2009—which is pretty much forever ago in political time. However, UW Professor Matt Barreto, who sent the poll over, argues: "Even though the data are admittedly old-ish, my sense of public opinion here in WA is that they are fairly consistent today."

Could be. In any case, the poll didn't find anything that would surprise people following the endless health care debate:

People in Washington State rank health care reform as a top political issue, second only to the economy. (Though Democrats and Independents rank health care as a top issue far more frequently than Republicans do. Same for people who live in the Puget Sound area vs. people who live in other parts of the state, which is pretty much another way of saying the same thing.)

Also, Washington citizens love individual components of proposed health care bill—health insurance portability, doing away with penalties for pre-existing conditions, and the public option—but they don't as much like the idea that they might have to pay for a better health care system through increased taxes.

And there you have it, the health care political dilemma as it's long been and continues to be: Democrats think reform is an urgent priority but Republicans don't, and everyone loves the individual pieces of the reform bill but no one wants to pay for them all at once.