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Support for Health Care Repeal Hits Highest Point Since September

Monday, December 13, 2010

Time doesn’t seem to be winning the new national health care law any more friends. Most voters have favored repeal of the law every week since it was passed and support for repeal has now inched up to its highest level since mid-September. Many Americans remain concerned that the law will force them to change their health insurance coverage.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 60% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law while 34% are opposed. As has been the case since the law was first passed, those who favor repeal feel more passionately than those who want to keep the law--46% Strongly Favor repeal while just 23% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Total support for repeal is up four points from a week ago but consistent with opposition to the law for months. Support for repeal has ranged from 50% to 63% in weekly tracking since Democrats in Congress passed the law in late March.

Voters remain almost even divided over whether the law will mean they have to change their existing health insurance coverage. Forty-four percent (44%) think it is at least somewhat likely they will have to change their health insurance, including 20% who say it is Very Likely. Nearly as many (42%) believe they are unlikely to have to change their coverage, with 15% who say it is Not Likely At All. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure.

These numbers are consistent with findings since June.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 11-12, 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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