Rasmussen: 54% Favor Repeal of Healthcare

Monday, 29 Mar 2010 02:24 PM

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One week after the House passed the Democratic healthcare plan that President Obama subsequently signed into law, 54 percent of the nation's likely voters still favor repealing the law.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 42 percent oppose repeal.

Those figures are virtually unchanged from last week. They include 44 percent who strongly favor repeal and 34 percent who strongly oppose it.
Repeal is favored by 84 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of unaffiliated voters. Among white Democrats, 25 percent favor repeal, but only 1 percent of black Democrats share that view.

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Only 17 percent of all voters believe the plan will achieve one of its primary goals and reduce the cost of healthcare. Most (55 percent) believe it will have the opposite effect and increase the cost of care.

Almost half believe the new law will reduce the quality of care, while 60 percent believe it will increase the federal budget deficit. Those numbers are consistent with expectations before the bill was passed.

Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, notes that "the overriding tone of the data is that passage of the legislation has not changed anything. Those who opposed the bill before it passed now want to repeal it. Those who supported the legislation oppose repealing it."

Several states are challenging the constitutionality of that requirement in court, and earlier polling data show that 49 percent of voters nationwide would like their state to sue the federal government over the law.

Overall, 41 percent of voters believe the new healthcare law will be good for the country, while 50 percent believe it will be bad for the country.

Generally speaking, the partisan and demographic breakdowns have shifted little since passage of the healthcare bill. Those groups who opposed the bill tend to support repeal and those who supported the bill oppose repeal.

Although some aspects of the new healthcare law are popular, most voters oppose the measures required to cover the nearly $1 trillion in additional spending called for over the next decade. And 56 percent oppose the reductions in Medicare spending, a figure that includes 70 percent of those over 65.

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