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  • Most See Major Changes in Obamacare As Likely

    Voters are a little more protective of Obamacare now that Congress is debating its future, but most still believe big changes in the law are likely in the next few months.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 18% of Likely U.S. Voters now feel Congress and President Trump should leave the law as it is. That’s up from 12% in early January and the highest level of support for the existing law in three years.

    But a sizable majority still wants at least some changes in the law, with 51% who think Congress and the president should go through the law piece by piece to improve it and 25% who say they should repeal the entire thing and start over again. Support for complete repeal, however, is at a new low, down from a high of 40% last October. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on March 14-15, 2017 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.

  • 52% Worry Changes in ‘Collapsing’ Obamacare May Go Too Far

    Voters tend to agree that Obamacare is in big trouble but fear Republicans may go too far in trying to fix it.

    Nearly half (48%) of Likely U.S. Voters agree with President Trump’s recent statement that “Obamacare is collapsing, and we must act decisively to protect all Americans.” A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 43% disagree with that statement. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on March 14-15, 2017 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.

  • 42% Favor GOP Tax Credits Plan for Obamacare

    With the cost to taxpayers steadily climbing, House Republicans have proposed replacing Obamacare’s subsidies to help lower-income Americans buy health insurance with tax credits. Voters are closely divided over whether that’s a good plan, with the usual wide partisan division of opinion.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters favor replacing subsidies with tax credits to help those who cannot fully afford health insurance. Thirty-nine percent (39%) are opposed, but one-in-five (19%) are undecided about the new proposal. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on March 8-9, 2017 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.

  • Voters Doubt GOP Replacement But Not As Much As They Doubt Obamacare

    The Republicans’ proposed replacement for the failing Obamacare system is less than a week old, but voters are dubious about its impact on the cost and quality of health care.  Still, the new proposal already earns better marks than the law it hopes to replace.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 41% of all Likely U.S. Voters believe the cost of health care will go up under the changes proposed in Obamacare. Only 29% think those costs will go down as a result of the new plan, while 19% expect costs to stay about the same. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on March 8-9, 2017 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.

  • Voters Still Put Lower Costs Over Health Insurance Mandate

    As Congress begins debating ways to change the failing Obamacare system, voters feel more strongly than ever that reducing health care costs is more important than mandating health insurance coverage for everyone.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that in terms of reforming health care, 62% of Likely U.S. Voters feel it is more important to reduce the cost of care. That’s up from a previous high of 59% in January of last year. Thirty-four percent (34%) still place more importance on making sure that everyone has health insurance, but that’s a new low. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on March 8-9, 2017 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.

  • Voters Want a Replacement If Obamacare Is Scrapped

    President-elect Trump urged the Republican-led Congress this week to rapidly repeal Obamacare and pass a suitable replacement "very quickly or simultaneously." Few voters support the health care law as is, but most strongly agree with Trump that Congress needs to replace it right away.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 88% of Likely U.S. Voters say it’s important for Congress and the president to have some sort of replacement program in place if they repeal Obamacare, with 69% who say it's Very Important. Eleven percent (11%) don’t think it’s important for them to have a replacement plan ready, but that includes just three percent (3%) who say it’s Not At All Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on January 5 and 8, 2017. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Should Taxpayers Help Cushion Spike in Obamacare Rates?

    Citing financial losses, several major health insurers have announced plans to back out of the state exchanges set up under President Obama’s national health care law, leaving many Americans with fewer insurance options and higher rates.  More than ever say they or an immediate family member has gotten coverage through the exchanges, but voters don’t think taxpayers should help offset any jump in rates they may experience because of the exit of these companies.

    At issue is Obamacare's requirement that every American have health insurance, and a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters still oppose that mandate.  Just 32% continue to believe the government should require every American to buy or obtain health insurance, showing no change from last October which marked the lowest finding in regular tracking since 2012.  Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on September 14-15, 2016 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.

  • Voters Favor GOP Plan To Sell Health Insurance Across State Lines

    Among the many changes in the House Republicans’ proposed health care alternative to Obamacare are reforms for medical liability and malpractice as well as letting consumers buy health insurance across state lines. Voters aren’t sold on government caps on malpractice payouts but remain enthusiastic about removing state barriers to purchasing health insurance. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on June 22-23, 2016 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.

  • How Big An Issue Is Obamacare in the Next Election?

    President Obama’s health care law might have taken a back seat to other issues like immigration in the early stages of the presidential campaign season, but will it impact how voters choose their candidates next year?

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 22-23, 2015 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.

  • Will More States Follow California's Vaccination Crackdown?

    California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country, and many voters think more states will follow suit. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 28-29, 2015 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.