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53% Favor Health Care Repeal, But Voters Worry Less About Being Forced To Change Coverage

Monday, January 24, 2011

Following the House's repeal of the national health care law last week, sending the issue on to the Senate, most voters continue to favor repeal, but support has fallen to its lowest level since late October. Fewer voters also now believe the law will force them to switch their health insurance coverage.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters favor repeal of the health care law, including 41% who Strongly Favor repeal. Forty-three percent (43%) oppose repeal of the law, with 32% 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.

Among those with health insurance, 34% now say it’s at least somewhat likely the new law will force them to change coverage. But that’s down from 45% earlier this month and is the lowest level measured since regular tracking of the question began in June of last year.

Fifty-three percent (53%) don’t think it’s likely the new law will force them to change coverage. While 17% say it’s Very Likely the law will force them to switch, 23% believe that’s Not At All Likely to happen.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 21-22, 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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