Most voters favor repeal of the national health care law, but they’re more narrowly divided when asked whether the federal government should set health care standards for the entire country.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the federal government should establish a single standard for all health care regulations. However, slightly more voters (45%) say states should be allowed to establish their own individual standards for health care regulation. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
There’s a noticeable partisan divide on the issue that parallels the national debate on health care. Two-out-of-three Democrats (67%) think the federal government should create a single national standard for health care regulations. But a like number (66%) of Republicans and a plurality (48%) of voters not affiliated with either of the major parties feel states should set their own standards.
Earlier polling found that 73% favor letting people buy health insurance across state lines.
More than half the states are challenging the constitutionality of the new health care law in court, many focusing on the requirement that every American must have health insurance. More voters than ever oppose that requirement and think states should have the right to opt out of some or all of the health care law.
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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 23-24, 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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