Rasmussen: 50% Oppose Healthcare Changes

Tuesday, 13 Oct 2009 01:19 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Half of U.S. voters nationwide oppose the healthcare reform plan proposed by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, a new Rasmussen Reports poll reveals.

Only 44 percent of respondents now favor the plan, down from 46 percent last week, when 50 percent opposed it.

In the current poll, 23 percent of voters said they "strongly favor" the healthcare reform plan, while 39 percent are "strongly opposed."

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Other results of the Rasmussen survey include:

  • 26 percent of respondents believe the quality of healthcare will improve if the plan is enacted, but 50 percent say it will get worse.

  • A slight majority, 51 percent, say the plan will increase the cost of healthcare, and 21 percent believe the cost will go down.

  • 59 percent favor a provision in the plan that would bar any new taxes, fees or penalties on families who earn less than $250,000 to pay for healthcare reform.

  • 52 percent say passage of healthcare reform is likely, while 38 percent say it is not.

    "The most important fundamental is that 68 percent of American voters have health insurance coverage they rate good or excellent," said Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen reports.

    "Most of these voters approach the healthcare reform debate fearing that they have more to lose than to gain."

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