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58% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law; Most Still Expect Costs To Rise and Quality To Suffer

The majority of voters still support repeal of the new national health care law and remain convinced that it will drive up the cost and hurt the quality of health care in the country.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law, with 44% who Strongly Favor it. Thirty-seven percent (37%) are opposed to repeal, including 26% who Strongly Oppose. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

These numbers mark little change from a week ago and are consistent with findings since March of last year when Democrats passed the law. Support for repeal has ranged from 50% to 63% in weekly tracking since then. The new Republican-controlled House recently voted to repeal the law, but the Senate with its Democratic majority is not expected to follow suit.

Similarly unchanged is the belief by 56% of voters that the cost of health care will go up under the new law, a view shared by 53% to 61% since last March. Twenty percent (20%) disagree and expect costs to go down. Nineteen percent (19%) say they will stay about the same.

Only 21% say the quality of health care will get better under the new law. Fifty-two percent (52%) say quality will get worse, while 22% predict that it will stay the same. Since last March, the number who think the new law will worsen health care quality has ranged from 48% to 55%.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 4-5, 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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