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53% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law, 50% Say Repeal At Least Somewhat Likely

Monday, March 21, 2011

Most voters still want the national health care law repealed, and the number who are at least somewhat confident that repeal will happen is at the second highest level since the law's passage by Democrats in Congress a year ago.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the new health care law, including 43% who Strongly Favor it.  Forty-two percent (42%) oppose repeal, with 27% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Support for repeal is down nine points from a week ago, when 62% of voters felt that way. That was the highest level of support since May of last year.  Overall, the number of voters who favor repeal of the law has ranged from a low of 50% to a high of 63% since last March.

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.  But 50% of voters now believe it’s at least somewhat likely the health care plan will be repealed, a figure that's been exceeded in a year of surveying only one other time when it hit 52% in December. Thirty-seven percent (37%) think repeal is unlikely.  These figures include 16% who say it’s Very Likely but only six percent (6%) who think it’s Not At All Likely.

Belief in the likelihood of repeal began to climb in late October 2010 as it became clear that Republicans would gain control of the House.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 18-19, 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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