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Support for Repeal of Health Care Law Down to 50%


The number of voters who favor repeal of the health care law has fallen to its lowest level since the bill was passed by Congress in late March.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 50% still favor repeal of the bill, including 41% who Strongly Favor repeal. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Forty-four percent (44%) now oppose repeal of the law, with 34% who Strongly Oppose repeal.

The percentage of voters who favor repeal of the bill is down seven points from last week and is the lowest level measured since March. Prior to the latest survey, support for repeal ranged from a low of 53% to a high of 63%. Meanwhile, the number that Strongly Opposes repeal is the highest level reached since late March.

Eighty percent (80%) of Republicans and 51% of voters not affiliated with either party continue to favor repeal, while 69% of Democrats are opposed.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) now say the plan will be good for the country overall, the highest level of optimism since mid-August. Forty-eight percent (48%) say the law will be bad for the country, the lowest result found to date.

Forty percent (40%) say it's likely the law will be repealed, while slightly more (45%) say this outcome is unlikely. Those results have shifted little over the past few months.

Forty-four percent (44%) of voters say repeal of the law would be good for the economy, while 33% say it would be bad for the economy.

However, just 30% say repeal would lead to the creation of more jobs, showing little change since April. Thirty-seven percent (37%) disagree and says the law's repeal would not lead to more job creation. Another 33% are not sure.

With midterm elections scarcely a month away, health care ranks as the second most important issue out of a list of 10 regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports.

Survey questions with toplines and crosstabs are available to Platinum Members only.

Rasmussen Reports is an electronic media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion polling information.  We poll on a variety of topics in the fields of politics, business and lifestyle, updating our site's content on a news cycle throughout the day, everyday.

Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade. To learn more about our methodology, click here.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 2-3, 2010 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.  

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