Monday, May 30, 2011
The national health care law is still viewed as bad for the country by nearly half of U.S. voters, and most continue to favor repeal of the controversial measure.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the law, while 41% are at least somewhat opposed. This includes 39% who Strongly Favor repeal and 30% who Strongly Oppose it. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The majority of voters have favored repeal every week but one since Congress passed the health care law in late March 2010. Weekly tracking has found support for repeal ranging from a low of 47% to a high of 63%.
Republicans continue to overwhelmingly favor repeal, while Democrats are strongly opposed. Voters not affiliated with either party support repeal by a much narrower 48% to 42% margin.
Although the new Republican-dominated House has voted to repeal the law, that effort is stalled in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Voters are now evenly divided over the likelihood of the legislation actually being repealed.
Just 37% of all voters think the health care law will be good for the country. Forty-seven percent (47%) disagree and believe the law will be bad for the country. Only four percent (4%) say it will have no impact, and 12% are undecided.
The number who think the measure will be good for the country has remained generally consistent in surveying since its passage. In that same period, however, those who view the measure as bad for the country have ranged from 45% to 57%.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 27-28, 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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