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Majority of Americans Still Give Thumbs Down to Health Care Law

November 22, 2010

As the new Congress trains for what could be a fascinating or frustrating two years, I noticed that national sentiments regarding the health care law (often termed “ObamaCare”) are still quite negative.

This is from the polling site Rasmussen:

Most voters continue to favor repeal of the national health care law, and they remain almost evenly divided over whether the law will force them to change their own health insurance coverage.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% favor repeal of the health care law passed by Congress in March, with 47% who Strongly Favor it. Thirty-nine percent (39%) oppose repeal, including 29% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

These figures are little changed from last week and support for repeal has remained constant for months. In weekly tracking since the bill became law, voter support for repeal has ranged from 50% to 63%.

Among those who voted earlier this month, 59% favored repeal of the health care law.

Forty-three percent (43%) of voters think passage of the health care law makes it at least somewhat likely that they will have to change their current health insurance, with 23% who say it is Very Likely. Forty-six percent (46%) disagree and think a forced change is unlikely, including 18% who say it is Not At All Likely. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.

This is comparable to findings just before Election Day and reveals a slightly higher level of concern about the possibility of forced change than voters expressed for several months prior to that.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 19-20, 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.

Highlighting this concern about the possibility of forced change is the finding that 74% of voters rate their current health insurance coverage as good or excellent. Only five percent (5%) describe that coverage as poor.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters think the law passed earlier this year will be good for the country. Fifty-two percent (52%) hold the opposite view and believe will be bad.

Democrats remain highly supportive of the health care law that was passed by Congress with no Republican support, and members of the president’s party also believe strongly that the law will be good for the country. Republicans and voters not affiliated with either party strongly favor repeal and think the law will be bad for the country.

Most GOP voters think they are likely to have to change their insurance coverage because of the law and most Democrats do not. Unaffiliated voters are almost evenly divided on the question.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Mainstream voters favor repeal of the health care law, while 81% of the Political Class are opposed to repeal.

Voters overwhelmingly believe the new Republican-controlled House of Representatives is likely to vote to repeal the health care law.

But 52% of voters think Congress should review the health care bill piece-by-piece and keep the parts it likes. Thirty-nine percent (39%) disagree and think Congress should scrap the whole bill and start all over again.

We’ll see what Congress does on this front in the coming months.

One Comment
  1. Michele Bachmann is right on -- if the Republican leaders s don't follow the will of the electorate take them out permalink
    December 4, 2010 12:56 am

    As the Washington and Huffington Posts reported and memorialized: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is “[n]ever one to shy away from inflammatory rhetoric.”

    Bachmann has “called for an ‘insurrection’ against the Republican party if the new class of GOP leadership… doesn’t successfully advance a ‘complete and utter’ repeal of [Obama’s] health care reform….’If they don’t, I think there needs to be an insurrection here in Washington, D.C, against our own [Republican] leadership.’…”

    Now that’s is a real deal elected Republican — nothing like what we Republicans had presented to us in Brooklyn or anywhere connected to Brooklyn.

    We need a few Brooklyn Michele Bachmanns to send to Albany, as well as to Washington.

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