58 Percent of Likely Voters Favor Repeal of ObamaCare

By Michael W. Chapman | November 2, 2010 | 4:01 AM EDT

President Barack Obama greets the crowd during a rally for Oregon Gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(CNSNews.com) – As Americans go to the polls Tuesday for the midterm elections, a new survey shows that 58 percent of likely voters favor repeal of the health care bill that President Barack Obama signed into law in March.

While 58 percent of voters want the new health care law ended, only 36 percent oppose its repeal, according to Rasmussen Reports, which conducted the telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters on Oct. 30-31.

Rasmussen further reported that a majority of voters has favored ending the health care law in every weekly Rasmussen poll conducted since the law went into effect, with support for repeal ranging from a low of 53 percent to a high of 63 percent.

In addition, 84 percent “of voters who have health insurance rate their coverage as good or excellent,” according to Rasmussen, and “only 2 percent describe it as poor. Among voters with health insurance, 60 percent favor repeal of the health care law.”

Rasmussen also found that only 37 percent of all voters think the health care law “will be good for the country,” while 51 percent think “it will be bad for the United States.”

When the final version of the health care bill was passed in the House of Representatives on March 21, 2010, all 178 Republicans opposed the measure, along with 34 Democrats for a total of 212 lawmakers in opposition – 219 Democrats voted in favor of the bill.

At least 216 votes were needed to pass the legislation, which means the 2,000-plus-page legislation squeaked by with three votes more than needed and by only seven votes overall (219-212).

In their “Pledge to America,” released in September, Republicans in the House of Representatives pledged to “immediately take action and repeal this law” in the next Congress, which starts in January 2011.

The Rasmussen poll had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman