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41% Rate U.S. Health Care System Good or Excellent, 28% Say Poor

Positive ratings for the U.S. health care system peaked last year in the midst of the health care reform debate, but they have fallen since.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 41% give the current U.S. health care system good or excellent ratings, including just 12% who rate it as excellent. Twenty-eight percent (28%) Rate the health care system as poor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The percentage of Likely Voters that rate the system as excellent or good is down slightly from June of last year, when 46% gave it that same rating.  However, it’s down from its high of 55% in late April, soon after the health care reform law was passed.

The current marks are more similar to surveys conducted in February of last year and in late 2009. 

Positive ratings are still way above those found back in July of 2008, when just 29% rated the system as good or excellent while 37% rated it as poor. 

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 24-25, 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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