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51% Favor Repeal of the Health Care Law

Monday, April 11, 2011

A majority of voters still favor repeal of the health care law, but support for repeal has fallen to its lowest level since October. Confidence that the law will be repealed is down to its lowest point since the first of the year.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% of Likely Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law, including 41% who Strongly Favor it.  Forty-one percent (41%) oppose repeal, with 28% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Since Democrats passed the law in Congress in late March of last year, support for repeal has ranged from a low of 50% to a high of 63%.  At the same time, the number of voters who oppose repeal has ranged from 33% to 43%.

A plurality (45%) of voters believes it is at least somewhat likely the health care law will be repealed.  Thirty-six percent (36%) disagree and feel repeal is not likely.  This includes 13% who say it’s Very Likely and just six percent (6%) who say it’s Not At All Likely.  Another 18% are not sure. Belief in the likelihood of repeal has ranged from a low of 38% shortly after the law was passed to a high of 50% last month.

Although the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted earlier this year to repeal the law, the measure has gained little traction in the Senate where Democrats remain in the majority.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 9-10, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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