Polls: Americans Oppose Obamacare on One Year Anniversary

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 21, 2011   |   7:56PM   |   Washington, DC

Two new polls show Americans oppose the pro-abortion Obamacare legislation on its one-year anniversary. One year after President Obama signed the law, the number of Americans who say they don’t like it is moving up.

A new Rasmussen poll out today finds most voters still want the national health care law repealed, and the number who are at least somewhat confident that repeal will happen is at the second highest level since the law’s passage by Democrats in Congress a year ago.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the new health care law, including 43% who Strongly Favor it. Forty-two percent (42%) oppose repeal, with 27% who are Strongly Opposed. Overall, the number of voters who favor repeal of the law has ranged from a low of 50% to a high of 63% since last March.

Although the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted earlier this year to repeal the law, the measure has gained little traction in the Senate where Democrats remain in the majority.  But 50% of voters now believe it’s at least somewhat likely the health care plan will be repealed, a figure that’s been exceeded in a year of surveying only one other time when it hit 52% in December. Thirty-seven percent (37%) think repeal is unlikely.  These figures include 16% who say it’s Very Likely but only six percent (6%) who think it’s Not At All Likely.

Belief in the likelihood of repeal began to climb in late October 2010 as it became clear that Republicans would gain control of the House.

A plurality (43%) of voters believes repeal of the health care law will be good for the economy, a view that has ranged from a low of 40% to a high of 50% since April 2010.  Just 22% say repeal will be bad for the economy, while nearly as many (21%) say it will have no impact.  Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.

Only 34% of voters say the health care plan will be good for the country, while 50% feel it will have a bad impact.  Another 12% say the new plan will have no impact on the country.  These findings are roughly in line with numbers since the first of the year. 

An overwhelming majority of Republicans (79%) and 56% of voters not affiliated with either political party continue to favor repeal of the health care law, while 72% of Democrats are opposed.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of GOP voters and a plurality (49%) of unaffiliateds believe repeal is likely. Fifty-two percent (52%) of Democrats disagree.

Currently, according to a new Gallup poll Americans are divided on its passage, with 46% saying it was a good thing and 44% saying it was a bad thing. But that is up from a 49-40 percentage point split in a similar poll when the law was signed.

Well under half of Americans believe the law will make medical care better either for the United States as a whole, or for them personally. In both regards, more believe the law will make things worse rather than better. Some 44 percent say the law will worsen the health care situation, 12 percent say it won’t change the situation and just 39 percent say it will improve the health care system.

Americans are less positive about the impact of the healthcare reform law on their own medical care. Twenty-five percent say the law will improve their medical care, 39% say it will worsen it, and 31% say it will not make any difference. These results are also similar to those found in July 2009.

Democrats and Republicans have totally different views of the healthcare law, as has consistently been the case since Gallup began measuring attitudes toward it. Almost 8 in 10 Democrats say the law’s passage was a good thing, while more than 7 in 10 Republicans say its passage was a bad thing. Independents tilt toward saying passage was a bad thing.

Democrats are a little more muted in their views of the law’s impact on their own medical care, with about half saying it will improve their medical care, while most of the rest say it will not change it. About 6 in 10 Republicans say the law will worsen their medical care, while nearly half of independents agree.


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