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58% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law, But Confidence in Repeal Is Down

Monday, January 31, 2011

Most voters continue to favor repeal of the national health care law, but now that the Republican-run House has voted to repeal and sent it on to the Democratic-controlled Senate for action, confidence that the law ultimately will be repealed has fallen to its lowest level in four months.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of Likely Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law, including 47% who Strongly Favor repeal.  Thirty-eight percent (38%) oppose repeal, with 29% who are Strongly Opposed.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Support for repeal has ranged from 50% to 63% in weekly tracking since Democrats in Congress passed the law in March of last year.

But only 41% of voters say it’s at least somewhat likely the law will be repealed.  That’s down eight points from early January and the lowest level measured since the beginning of October.  Forty-six percent (46%) say repeal is unlikely.  These findings include 17% who say it’s Very Likely and 16% who feel it’s Not At All Likely.

While most Republicans (54%) believe repeal is at least somewhat likely, 50% of Democrats and a plurality (49%) of voters not affiliated with either political party disagree.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 29-30, 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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