Poll: Most Want Health Law Repealed – By Double-Digit Margin


Nearly a year after the health care law was passed, most voters still favor repealing the overhaul — by a double-digit margin, according to a new poll.

A Rasmussen Reports poll released Monday reveals most voters believe the law will increase the cost of health care, increase the federal deficit and erode the quality of care. Though the Obama administration stepped up its public defense of the law in advance of an unsuccessful repeal vote in the Senate, the numbers suggest many Americans are not accepting the administration’s arguments.

The study found 58 percent of likely voters favor repeal to some degree, with 44 percent strongly supporting it. Thirty-seven percent oppose repeal, with 26 percent strongly opposing it.

The findings are similar to those in earlier Rasmussen surveys. In the latest poll, 56 percent said health care costs will go up under the law; 52 percent said quality will go down; and 58 percent said the law will increase the federal deficit — something the Congressional Budget Office says is not the case.

Voters, however, don’t have a chance to affect the health care debate until 2012. And Republicans are regrouping after their repeal bill passed the House but failed in the Senate last week. Instead, the battle plays out in the courts, as federal judges issue conflicting rulings that are almost certain to come before the Supreme Court.

The most recent ruling was issued last week by a Florida federal judge, who ruled that the individual mandate requiring people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional and that the law itself should be voided. The Obama administration is appealing the decision.

The Rasmussen poll of 1,000 likely voters was conducted Feb. 4-5. It had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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  1. PublicPolicyPolling asked a more nuanced poll question and reported today:

    What would you like to see the new Congress do with the health care reform bill that was passed last year: keep the bill but make it stronger, keep the bill exactly in its current form, repeal certain parts of the bill, or repeal the bill entirely?

    Stronger 38%
    No Change 6%
    Repeal Part 20%
    Repeal All 33%

    This is consistent with other polls that show very strong support for most of the controversial provisions of the act.

  2. along with charlies point, every poll that breaks down the main parts of the poll all show the american public backing the plan when the name “HC Reform Act, or Obama plan, isnt written into the questiuon)

    Rasmussen is a right wing unchecked pollster who always over guesses biased results in elections for republicans as also was the case in obama mccain.

    rasmussen only polls registered voters who are legally entitled to vote and likely to vote: takign that into account when a person needs their life saved, their body doesnt seek their voter registration card.

  3. of course fox news lies- the majority dont want it repealed. the majority want at least one poart repealed.

    to state it like most want it repealed is like saying most americans want the U.S. Post Office Act and the funding of it repealed

    Fox is pathetic as usual

  4. So now the LIbErals are out with their polls claiming that the unconstitutional ObamaCare is the best thing since sliced bread and as we would have expected our own Charlie Brown has his poll too. We were told that if we liked our policy we could keep it & it won’t increase however I am sure everyone out there in YWNland will tell you that their policy was either cancelled or the price increased (our policy “ended” and even so, since ObamaCare, our premiums have gone up more than 33%!!!!).

    Obama and his horrible policies need to go!!

  5. Mark Levin is embarrassed by the fact that Rasmussen did a lousy job at predicting the 2010 elections and PublicPolicyPolling was pretty good. Sorry, Mark, you’ve lost this one.

  6. Charliehall – Unless I’m misunderstanding something here, the poll results you quoted are very similar to the Rasmussen ones quoted, with regard to public support for repeal, when you compare the content rather than the terminology: Rasmussen found that 58% favor repeal “to some degree”, while Public Policy found 53% favor some form of repeal (20 + 33).

    How does that show strong support for the bill?

    Additionally , the first choice of “keep the bill but make it stronger” is somewhat of a confusing choice, as no one knows what those respondents had in mind. They are saying they don’t like the bill in its current form, and we have no clue what they want “made stronger”. Had that option not been there, those individuals may very likely have chosen “repeal parts of the bill”, which expresses a similar concept — that they are unhappy with the current form. How do you know that the parts they are happy with are the “controversial portions”?

    Particularly as almost no one even knows what’s in this megilla of a bill, it is very hard to find meaning in any nuanced poll, as a nuanced opinion would require detailed knowledge of the nuances of the bill — something even most of our representatives who voted for this bill still don’t have, a full year later!