Majority of Americans Wants Repeal of Health Care Reform Law, Poll Says

By Matt Cover | March 26, 2010 | 4:51 PM EDT

President Obama signs the Democrats’ health care bill into law in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

( – A strong majority of Americans want Congress to repeal the recently signed health care reform package, a finding that contradicts claims from the law’s chief proponents – including President Obama – that the public will like the law now that it has been signed.
Rasmussen Reports found that 55 percent of voters want to see the law repealed. The poll, taken after the president signed the bill, shows that opposition to it has remained strong. Prior to its passage, 54 percent of voters opposed the legislation.
Forty-two percent oppose repeal, close to the 41 percent who supported the legislation prior to its enactment. Forty-six percent of voters say that they “strongly favor” repeal, while only 35 percent “strongly oppose” it.
In a sign that the repeal effort may have support beyond the conservative Republican base, 59 percent of independent voters support repealing the law while only 35 percent are opposed.
Rasmussen also found numbers that do not bode well for Democratic politicians who supported the bill, finding that 52 percent of voters would vote for a candidate who favored repeal over one who does not. Forty-nine percent of voters also want their state to sue the federal government over the health reform package.
Democrats still appear to have lost the public debate over the issue, with 49 percent of voters thinking that the bill will be bad for the country, while 41 percent think it will be good.
Sixty percent of voters think that the law is likely to increase the federal deficit – a claim Democrats dispute – while only 19 percent think it won’t increase the deficit. Voters are skeptical of the claims of Democrats regarding the bill’s budgetary impact, with 81 percent thinking that the plan’s real cost will be higher than the one predicted by the Congressional Budget Office.