A majority of American voters continue to favor repeal of the health care law passed by Congress last year and the number who expect repeal has reached a new high.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law, while 39% at least somewhat oppose it. This includes 40% who Strongly Favor repeal and 29% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Fifty-three percent (53%) also believe that it is at least somewhat likely the law will be repealed. That’s a seven point jump from a month ago [LINK] and the highest expectation of repeal yet measured. As with all such jumps, it remains to be seen whether this is the start of a new trend or merely statistical noise. Only 30% consider repeal unlikely, while 17% are not sure.
Still, the overwhelming sense about whether the law will be repealed is uncertainty. Only 17% say repeal is Very Likely and 6% believe it is Not At All Likely. That means three-out-of-four Americans (77%) are less certain of the outcome.
The numbers concerning the health care law have changed little since it was passed last year. A majority of voters have favored repeal every week but one since it was passed and even in the one exception a plurality favored repeal. The number of voters supporting repeal has ranged from 47% to 63% in that time period.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 2, 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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