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to repeal and sent it on to the Democratic-controlled Senate for action, confidence that the law ultimately will be repealed has fallen to its lowest level in four months.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But only 41% of voters say it’s at least somewhat likely the law will be repealed.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.
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.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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