Monday, April 12, 2010

Support for Repeal of Health Care Plan Up To 58%

New poll from Rasmussen:
Three weeks after Congress passed its new national health care plan, support for repeal of the measure has risen four points to 58%. That includes 50% of U.S. voters who strongly favor repeal.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters nationwide finds 38% still oppose repeal, including 32% who strongly oppose it.

For the previous two weeks following passage of the controversial plan, 54% of voters have favored repeal and 42% have opposed it.

But only 38% of voters think it is even somewhat likely that the health care bill will be repealed. Fifty-one percent (51%) see repeal as unlikely. Those figures include 11% who say it’s very likely to be repealed and 18% who say repeal is not at all likely.

Still, 52% believe the health care plan will be bad for the country. Thirty-nine percent (39%) think it will be good for the country, and one percent (1%) more say it will have no impact. These numbers have changed little since the March 21 House vote to pass the health care bill.

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Rasmussen Reports will track support for the repeal effort on a weekly basis for as long as it remains a significant issue. New updates will be released each Monday morning. Prior to passage of the law, Scott Rasmussen wrote a Wall Street Journal column explaining “Why Obama Can’t Move the Health Care Numbers.”

Forty-seven percent (47%) of voters believe repeal of the health care bill will be good for the economy. Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree.

Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Republicans and 54% of voters not affiliated with either major party favor repeal. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Democrats are opposed. Republican support for repeal is up eight points from a week ago, while Democratic opposition is down seven.

Ninety-four percent (94%) of those who consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement favor repealing the health care bill.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of the Political Class oppose repeal, while 75% of Mainstream voters think repeal is a good idea.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Democrats and most unaffiliated voters (53%) say repeal of the bill is unlikely. A majority (54%) of Republicans feel otherwise and think repeal is at least somewhat likely.

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of the Political Class says repeal is not very or not at all likely.

Seventy percent (70%) of Democrats say the health care plan will be good for the country. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of GOP voters and 56% of unaffiliateds disagree.

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

Most voters have believed for months that the quality of health care will suffer if the plan becomes law and that costs will go up.

Voters strongly believe the health care reform plan will cost more than official estimates, and 78% expect an increase in taxes on the middle class to pay for it.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters believe America is already overtaxed.

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