61% of Voters Believe Obamacare Will Increase Health Care Costs, Survey Shows

December 29, 2010 - 12:27 PM

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden react to cheers as they arrive in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 23, 2010, for the signing ceremony for the health care bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(CNSNews.com) -- A new poll shows that 61 percent of voters think the new health care changes signed into law by President Barack Obama will cause health care costs to go up. Also, 55 percent of voters say the law will be bad for the country.

In its poll of 1,000 “likely voters” on Dec. 26, Rasmussen Reports found that 61 percent of “voters nationwide believe the [health care] law  will cause health care costs to go up, which ties the highest level measured on the question since the bill was passed” back in March.  Only 17 percent of voters think Obamacare will lower health care costs and another 17 percent said that costs “will  stay about the same.”

Rasmussen also found that 55 percent of voters “now say the law will be bad for the country, the highest level measured since September.”  Also, only 36 percent think Obamacare “will be good for the country,” according to Rasmussen.

The survey also found that 53 percent of voters believe “the quality of health care will decrease under the new law,” while only 22 percent think the quality of care will increase under Obamacare.

Furthermore, 57 percent of voters said Obamacare will raise increase the federal deficit while only 17 percent said it would decrease the deficit.

The Rasmussen survey had a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points, and a 95 percent level of confidence.