Monday, May 16, 2011
A majority of voters continue to support repeal of the national health care law and believe it will increase the federal deficit.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% of Likely Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law. Thirty-eight percent (38%) oppose repeal. These findings include 43% who Strongly Favor repeal of the measure and 26% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Most voters have favored repeal every week but one since the health care bill became law. Weekly tracking has found support for repeal ranging from a low of 47% to a high of 63%. Last week, 57% favored repeal.
Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters say the health care law will increase the deficit, while only 17% say its implementation will reduce the deficit. Another 14% believe the national health care overhaul will have no impact on the deficit. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.
Most voters (54%) also believe that the new law will increase the cost of health care will go up. Eighteen percent (18%) say the cost of health care will go down, and another 18% say costs will stay the same. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.
In addition to increasing the deficit and raising the cost of health care, 48% believe the new law will hurt the quality of care. Just 20% believe the quality will improve while 23% believe it will stay about the same. All of these attitudes have been broadly consistent for over a year.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 13-14, 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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