From Rasmussen Reports…
Health Care Law
Support for Health Care Repeal At 60%
Monday, December 27, 2010
For the second time this month, 60% of Likely Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the national health care law, while the number who expect health care costs to increase is at its highest level since August.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 49% Strongly Favor repeal of the plan. Thirty-eight percent (38%) oppose the law’s repeal, including 29% who Strongly Oppose repeal. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Support for repeal has ranged from 50% to 63% in weekly tracking since the bill became law in late March. Last week, support for repeal was at 55%.
But last week also marked the first time a majority of voters believe the measure is likely to be repealed.
Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters now say the law will be bad for the country, the highest level measured since September. Thirty-six percent (36%) say the plan will be good for the country.
Since late March, those who think the law will be bad for the country have ranged from a low of 48% to a high of 57%. Those who think it will be good for America have run from 33% to 41% in the same period.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters nationwide believe the law will cause health care costs to go up, which ties the highest level measured on the question since the bill was passed. Only 17% now expect costs to go down while the same number (17%) says costs will stay about the same.
Just over half (53%) say the quality of health care will decrease under the new law, consistent with findings since March. Twenty-two percent (22%) expect health care quality to decrease under the law, while 21% say it will stay about the same.
Fifty-seven percent (57%) say the law will increase the federal deficit, while only 17% expect the plan to reduce the deficit. Another 16% says it will have no impact.
Since March, the number that predicts an increase in the deficit due to the plan has ranged from 51% to 63%.
With the Republican takeover of the House driven in part by widespread opposition to the health care law, debate is already heavy in Washington over whether the new GOP majority will push for full repeal of the measure. But 52% of voters think Congress should review the health care bill piece by piece and keep the parts it likes.
The current session of Congress finally closed its doors this past week with voters remaining largely as critical of it as they have been for months.