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51% Expect Health Care Plan to Increase Deficit

Most voters continue to favor repeal of the national health care law, but the number of voters who expect the law to increase the deficit has fallen to the lowest point since its passage by Congress in March.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 55% of Likely U.S. voters favor repeal of the health care law, including 46% who Strongly Favor repeal. Forty percent (40%) oppose repeal of the bill, including 30% who Strongly Oppose it. These numbers are largely unchanged from last week. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Since Democrats in Congress passed the law in late March, support for repeal has ranged from a low of 53% to a high of 63%. 

Most voters (51%) also still believe the law will increase the federal deficit, but that's down eight points from last month and the lowest level measured since March. Nineteen percent (19%) say the plan will reduce the deficit, up five points from late September and the highest level found since late April. Another 19% say the plan will have no impact on the deficit.

Prior to the latest survey, the number of voters who believed the plan would increase the deficit ranged from 56% to 63% since March.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 16-17, 2010 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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