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Health Care Law54% Still Favor Repeal of Health Care LawMonday, April 05, 2010 Now that his health care initiative has passed, President Barack Obama has hit the campaign trail to sell it to voters. Early indications are that despite all the spin from both sides, hardly anybody is changing their mind.


Currently, two weeks after passage, 54% of the nation's likely voters still favor repealing the new law. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 42% oppose repeal. Those numbers virtually unchanged from last week and the week before. They include 43% who Strongly Favor repeal and 32% who Strongly Oppose it.


Repeal is favored by 80% of Republicans and 57% of unaffiliated voters. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Democrats oppose repeal.


Fifty-two percent (52%) now say that the health care law is bad for the country. That’s little changed from 50% a week ago. Forty percent (40%) believe it is good for the country.


Senior citizens are more negative about the new law than younger voters. By a 58% to 30% margin, seniors believe the law is bad for the country.


Rasmussen Reports will track support for the repeal effort on a weekly basis for as long as it remains a significant issue. New updates will be released each Monday morning. Prior to passage of the law, Scott Rasmussen wrote a Wall Street Journal column explaining “Why Obama Can’t Move the Health Care Numbers.”


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Only 21% of all voters believe the plan will achieve one of its primary goals and reduce the cost of health care. Most (54%) believe it will have the opposite affect and increase the cost of care.


Fifty-one percent (51%) believe the new law will reduce the quality of care. Fifty-seven percent (57%) believe it will increase the federal budget deficit. Those numbers are consistent with expectations before the bill was passed.


A number of states are already challenging the constitutionality of that requirement in court, and polling data released earlier shows that 49% of voters nationwide would like their state to sue the federal government over the health care bill.


Generally speaking, the partisan and demographic breakdowns have shifted little since passage of the health care bill. Those groups who opposed the bill tend to support repeal and those who supported the bill oppose repeal.


While some aspects of the new health care law are popular, most voters oppose the nearly one trillion dollars in additional spending called for over the next decade. Fifty-six percent (56%) oppose the reductions in Medicare spending, a figure that includes 70% of those over 65.


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Obama is like that puppy that so many folks fell in love with at the pound. Now 15 months later he still is running around making a mess all over the floors. Its time to kick him out of the White House before his mess starts to linger, or we will be forever trying to clean up his mess.


Some dogs cannot be house broken and need to go back to the pound.

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