56% Still Want to Repeal Health Care Law, Political Class Disagrees

May 18, 2010

Rasmussen Reports

Some things never change, and voter opposition to the recently passed national health care law appears to be one of them.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% favor repeal of the law, while 39% are opposed. Support for repeal is unchanged from a week ago. That support is also proving to be just as consistent as opposition to the health care plan before it was passed into law.

In polls conducted every week since the law was passed in March, support for repeal has stayed in a very narrow range from a low of 54% to a high of 58%.

The current results include 45% who Strongly Favor repeals and 33% who are Strongly Opposed. Among senior citizens, the generation most likely to use the health care system, 63% favor repeal.

The health care bill produces an enormous perception gap between the Political Class and the rest of the country. While most voters nationwide favor repeal, the Political Class is opposed to repeal by an 88% to eight percent (8%) margin.

Overall, 39% of voters believe the law will be good for the country, and 50% say it will be bad. Among the Political Class, 97% see the law as good, while 64% of Mainstream voters say it will be bad.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 14-15, 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.

As has been the case for months, most voters (56%) believe the new health care law will increase the federal budget deficit. Most (54%) also believe it will increase the cost of care, and 50% expect the quality of care to suffer.

Just 13% believe the law will reduce the deficit; 18% say it will lower the cost of care, and 21% think it will improve the quality of care.

Eighty-four percent (84%) of Republicans favor repeal of the health care law. So do 61% of voters not affiliated with either major political party. However, 68% of Democrats take the opposite view and oppose repeal.

To read more, visit: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/march_2010/health_care_law

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