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53% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law, But Voters Less Confident in Benefits of Repeal

Monday, February 28, 2011

Most voters still want to see the national health care law repealed, and confidence that repeal will actually happen is on the upswing. Belief that repeal will be good for the economy, however, has fallen to its lowest level ever.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters now at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law, down three points from last week but consistent with findings since Congress passed the law nearly a year ago. Thirty-nine percent (39%) oppose repeal. These findings include 44% who Strongly Favor repeal of the measure and 25% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Support for repeal has ranged from a low of 50% to a high of 63% since Democrats in Congress passed it last March.

Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters say repeal is at least somewhat likely, up seven points from a month ago. This includes 17% who say it is Very Likely. Thirty-nine percent (39%) regard repeal as unlikely, with nine percent (9%) who view it as Not At All Likely. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure.

Belief in the likelihood of repeal began to climb in late October as it became clear that Republicans would gain control of the House and peaked at 52% in mid-December. But it fell back to 41% in late January.

The House of Representatives has voted to repeal the health care law, but that effort has ground to a halt in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 26-27, 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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