52% Favor Repeal of Health Care Bill

June 29, 2010

Rasmussen Reports

Most voters still favor repeal of the national health care bill, but support for repeal has fallen to its lowest level since the bill passed in March. Voters remain skeptical, however, about the impact of the plan on the deficit and on the quality and cost of health care.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of voters favor repeal of the health care bill, while 40% are opposed.

A week ago, 55% favored repeal, and 40% opposed it. Voters with health insurance overwhelmingly like the coverage they have, but 44% of that group now think the health care bill is likely to make them change that coverage.

Rasmussen Reports has been tracking sentiments about repeal since the plan’s passage in March, and opposition to the legislation remains as strong since its adoption as it was beforehand. Prior to this survey, however, support for repeal since March has ranged from a low of 54% to a high of 63% in mid-May. Opposition has ranged from 32% to 42%.

The new findings include 42% who Strongly Favor repeal and 28% who are Strongly Opposed.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of all voters believe the health care plan will be good for America, while 49% say its impact on the country will be bad.

Since March, those who rate the plan’s impact as good have ranged from 35% to 41%. In the same time period, those who predict it will be bad for the country have fallen in the 49% to 55% range.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters U.S. Voters was conducted on June 25-26, 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.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters believe the plan will increase the federal deficit at a time when President Obama has just agreed with other world leaders to halve the deficit by 2013. Fourteen percent (14%) say the health plan will decrease the deficit, and 17% say it will have no impact.

Only 22% think the quality of health care will improve under the health plan, while 49% say quality will get worse. Twenty-three percent (23%) expect it to stay about the same.

Fifty-two percent (52%) say health care costs will go up under the new plan. Just 17% think costs will go down, while 22% say they will stay about the same.

Democrats continue to be cheerleaders for the health care plan, while Republicans remain its strongest opponents. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of those in the president’s party say the plan is good for the country. Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans and the plurality (49%) of voters not affiliated with either party disagree and see it as bad for America.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of GOP voters and 54% of unaffiliateds favor repeal of the plan. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Democrats are opposed.

Political Class voters continue to be even bigger supporters of the health care measure.  While 63% of Mainstream voters say the plan is bad for the country, 95% of the Political Class see it as good for the nation.

Two-out-of-three Mainstream voters (66%) favor repeal of the plan. Eighty-seven percent (87%) of the Political Class oppose repeal.

To read more, visit: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/health_care_law

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