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57% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law

Monday, May 09, 2011

Support for repeal of the national health care law has rebounded after falling below 50% for the first time since it was passed by Congress in March of last year.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters now at least somewhat favor repeal of the law. Thirty-six percent (36%) oppose repeal. The new findings include 44% who Strongly Favor repeal of the measure and 26% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Rasmussen Reports has tracked support for repeal every week since the bill became law. Prior to last week, support for repeal has ranged from a low of 50% to a high of 63%. Last week,  for the first time ever, support for repeal fell below 50%.

Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Republicans and 56% of voters not affiliated with either major party favor repeal. Sixty percent (60%) of Democrats oppose it.

Fifty percent (50%) of all voters believe the health care law will be bad for the country. Thirty-two percent (32%) hold the opposite view and believe the law will be good for the nation. Four percent (4%) say it will have no impact and 13% aren’t sure.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of all voters who have health insurance rate their coverage as good or excellent. Just four percent (4%) feel their coverage is poor. These figures have shown little change since the debate over the president’s health care proposal began. In the summer of 2009, a Wall Street Journal article noted that the most significant obstacle facing the president’s plan was that most voters were happy with their coverage.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 7, 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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