Most voters nationwide continue to favor repeal of the national health care law, but one-in-five now believe the plan will have no real impact on the federal deficit.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 56% favor repeal of the health care law, including 43% who Strongly Favor repeal. Forty percent (40%) oppose repeal of the law, including 27% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Support for repeal has changed little from last week. Weekly tracking since the bill was signed into law by President Obama last March has shown support for repeal ranging from a low of 50% to a high of 63%.
Fifty-two percent (52%) say the legislation is likely to increase the federal deficit, down six points from earlier this month. Since passage of the bill last year, the number expecting the law to increase the deficit has ranged from 51% to 63%. Only 15% expects the plan to reduce the national deficit, while slightly more (20%) say the plan will have no impact on the deficit.
The number that says the law will have no impact on the deficit is up seven points from two weeks ago and is the highest result measured in nearly a year.
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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 18-19, 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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