61% Expect Rise in Health Care Costs Under New Law, 56% Favor Repeal

Rasmussen Reports

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters nationwide now expect the cost of health care to go up under the health care reform law, the highest level of pessimism measured since the law was passed in March.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows only 17% expect the cost of health care to go down under the new law, while another 17% expect costs to stay about the same.

At the end of June, 52% of voters expected health care costs to increase under the new law. Just after the bill was signed into law in March, 55% felt that way. The number of voters who expect costs to go down under the new plan has stayed within a narrow range of 17% to 21%.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters now favor repeal of the law, while 38% oppose repeal. Those numbers include 47% who Strongly Favor repeal and 25% who are Strongly Opposed.

The percentage that favors repeal is up slightly from last week but remains consistent with findings since the law’s passage. Support for repeal has ranged from 52% to 63%.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 16-17, 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. See methodology.

Most Republicans and voters not affiliated with either major political party favor repeal of the health care low, while the majority of Democrats oppose repeal.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Mainstream voters favor repeal, but 62% of those in the Political Class are opposed.

Fifty-four percent (54%) now say the new law will be bad for the country. That’s up five points from late June and is the highest level of pessimism measured since late May. One-in-three voters (33%) think the plan will be good for the country.

Sixty-two percent (62%) expect the plan to increase the federal deficit, a number that has remained fairly consistent since its passage. Only 13% say the law will reduce the nation’s budget deficit, while another 14% think it will have no impact.

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