Any pay offer will likely be backdated to April 2021 when they were originally due the rise.
There is increasing pressure on nursing unions to ballot their members on industrial action if a satisfactory deal cannot be reached.
RCN Acting Chief Executive & General Secretary Pat Cullen said: “This polling is more evidence of the strong public support for a decent pay rise for health and care staff who are still going over and above during this worldwide pandemic.
“If politicians ignore NHS workers and the public, it’s inevitable more nurses will leave the profession – with patients and the wider public suffering as a result.
“The public will hold the government to account for the failure to address the pay crisis and the tens of thousands of vacancies.”