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54% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law, 46% Say Repeal Likely

While a majority of voters continue to favor repeal of the national health care law, there's slightly less confidence this month that it actually will happen.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows that 54% at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law, including 39% who Strongly Favor it. Support for repeal is the same as it was last week. Forty percent (40%) oppose repeal of the law, with 29% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Most voters have favored repeal of the measure every week but one since it was passed by Congress 17 months ago. During that time, weekly support for repeal has ranged from 47% to 63%, although it's generally been in the mid-50s for months. 

Forty-six percent (46%) of voters now say it is at least somewhat likely that the health care law will be repealed, including 16% who say it is Very Likely. This finding is down from 50%  late last month and 53% in early July. Confidence in repeal increased with the House Republicans' takeover of the House and has generally remained in the mid- to high 40s since November. Thirty-seven percent (37%) now consider repeal unlikely, with eight percent (8%) who say it is Not At All Likely. Another 17% are not sure.

House Republicans voted to repeal the measure earlier this year, but the recall effort has ground to a halt in the Democratic-controlled Senate. 

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 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.

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