Yesterday Scott Rasmussen reported that the majority of Americans still favor the repeal of Obamacare.
Health Care Law
53% Favor Repeal of Health Care LawMonday, September 17, 2012
A majority of voters still supports repeal of President Obama’s national health care law and believes it will increase the federal deficit and the cost of health care.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters favor repeal, while 43% are opposed. This includes 45% who Strongly Favor repeal of the health care measure and 33% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Support for repeal is up slightly from last week. Most voters have consistently favored repeal in regular tracking since the health care law was passed by Congress in March 2010.
Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters now believe the health care plan will be good for the country, down from last week’s high of 44%. Fifty-one percent (51%) say the law will be bad for the country while just six percent (6%) say it will have no impact. These findings are more in line with those measured for the past two years.
As they have from the beginning, more than half of voters (52%) think the cost of health care will go up as a result of the new law. Twenty percent (20%) predict that those costs will go down, while another 19% expect them to stay the same.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 15-16, 2012 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.
A majority (51%) of voters also continues to believe the health care law will increase the federal deficit. Only 16% expect the law to reduce the deficit, while 20% say it will have no impact. Belief that the law will increase the deficit was slightly higher prior to April of this year.
Forty-six percent (46%) of voters nationwide think the quality of care will get worse under the new law. Just 22% disagree and believe that the quality will improve, while 25% feel that quality will stay about the same. This is in line with voter attitudes for the past two-and-a-half years.
Still, voters are evenly divided when it comes to who would best handle the issue of health care: 46% trust Obama more, while 45% have more faith in Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney who has vowed to repeal the law as one of his first acts in office.
Republicans continue to strongly favor repeal of the health care law, while Democrats strongly oppose repeal. Among voters not affiliated with either political party, 52% favor repeal, and 41% oppose it.