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Support for Repeal of Health Care Law Falls to New Low at 47%

For the first time since Democrats in Congress passed the national health care bill in March of last year, support for repeal of the measure has fallen below 50%.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the law, while 42% are at least somewhat opposed. This includes 38% who Strongly Favor repeal and 33% who Strongly Oppose it. (To see survey question wording, click here. 

Rasmussen Reports has tracked support for repeal every week since the bill became law. Prior to this week, support for repeal has ranged from a low of 50% to a high of 63%. A week ago, 53% of voters favored repeal of the measure. As with all such changes in tracking poll data, it will take additional data to determine whether this result reflects an ongoing change in attitudes or is simply the result of statistical “noise.”

Similarly, the number of voters who believe the health care law will be bad for the country has fallen to a new low of 45%, down seven points from a week ago. Prior to this survey, belief that the measure will be bad for the country has ranged from 47% to 57% since March 2010.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) say the law will be good for the country and five percent (5%) say it will have no impact.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 29-30, 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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