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54% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law, 52% Say Law Will Increase Deficit

Monday, July 18, 2011

Most voters still favor repeal of the national health care law and believe it will increase the federal deficit at the very time President Obama and Congress are trying to find ways to make significant cuts in government spending.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 54% favor repeal of the health care law passed in March of last year, including 43% who Strongly Favor its repeal. Thirty-nine percent (39%) oppose repeal of the law, including 26% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Support for repeal is little changed from last week.  A majority of voters have favored repeal of the measure every week but one since it was passed by Congress in March 2010. During that time, support for repeal has ranged from a low of 47% to as high as 63%.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters think the health reform law will increase the federal deficit. Only 17% believe the law will reduce the deficit, while nearly the same number (18%) says it will have no impact. Since the law's passage, belief that it will increase the deficit has ranged from 51% to 63%.

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 16-17, 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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