Health Care Law
58% Favor Repeal of the Health Care Bill
Monday, June 14, 2010
For the second week in a row, 58% of Likely U.S. Voters favor repeal of the national health care plan adopted into law by Congress in late March. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds 36% oppose repeal.
These findings include 47% who Strongly Favor repeal and 28% who are Strongly Opposed.
Rasmussen Reports has been tracking sentiments about repeal since the plan’s passage, and opposition to the legislation remains as strong since its adoption as it was beforehand. 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 Obama White House last week began a public relations initiative to sell the plan to voters as the mid-term elections near. Right now, a number of Democratic candidates – and incumbents, in general – are hurting in part because of the voter backlash against the health care plan.
Most voters (50%) continue to believe that the health care plan is bad for America and that it will hurt the quality of care while driving up costs and the budget deficit. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say the plan is good for the country. Just three percent (3%) think it will have no impact.
While virtually the entire Political Class sees the health care plan as good for America, 64% of Mainstream voters disagree and see it as bad.
The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on June 11-12, 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.
Just 24% of voters say the quality of health care will get better under the new plan. Fifty percent (50%) say quality will get worse, while 20% think it will stay about the same.
Fifty-four percent (54%) believe health care costs will go up under the newly adopted plan, and only 19% disagree and say costs will decrease. Another 19% expect little, if any change.
Three-out-of-five voters (60%) predict that the health care plan will increase the federal budget deficit. Fifteen percent (15%) think the plan will reduce the deficit, and 15% more say it will have no impact.
Democrats remain more supportive of the plan and more confident that it will have positive benefits than Republicans and voters not affiliated with either party.
While 83% of GOP voters and 62% of unaffiliated support repeal, 59% of voters in the president’s party oppose it.
The Political Class is even more adamant. Seventy-three percent (73%) of Mainstream voters favor repeal of the plan, but 83% of the Political Class are opposed.
Seventy-four percent (74%) of Mainstream voters think the plan will increase the deficit. Among the Political Class, 37% say the plan will make the deficit go down, while 48% say it will have no impact.
Democrats are less confident than the Political Class about the plan’s impact on the deficit, costs and quality.
Democrats in Congress consider passage of the health care plan their major legislative achievement so far this year. Most voters believe it would be better for the country if the majority of Congress is thrown out this November. However, they also remain unconvinced that a Republican takeover will make a noticeable difference
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