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Most Still Favor Repeal of Health Care Law, Fear It Will Drive Up Deficit

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Most voters continue to support repeal of the new national health care law and believe it will increase both health care costs and the federal budget deficit.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of Likely Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law, including 43% who Strongly Favor it.  Forty-one percent (41%) oppose repeal, with 30% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

In weekly tracking since Democrats in Congress passed the law in late March, voter support for repeal has ranged from 50% to 63%.

Even as a bipartisan presidential commission struggles to find ways to bring down the record federal budget deficit, 56% of voters think the new health care plan will increase that deficit, the highest finding since last September. Only 18% say the plan will reduce the federal deficit, and another 18% say it will have no impact.

Belief that the plan will force up the deficit has ranged from 51% to 63% since March.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 5-6, 2010 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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