For the first time since Democrats in Congress passed the healthcare bill in March, a majority of U.S. voters believe the measure is likely to be repealed.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52 percent of likely voters think it is at least somewhat likely that the healthcare plan will be repealed. Thirty-three percent view repeal as unlikely.
Those figures include 16 percent who believe repeal is very likely and 5 percent who believe it is not at all likely.
The number who view repeal as likely is up from 47 percent last month and from 38 percent in early April. Belief that the plan is likely to be repealed has been hovering in the 40 percent range in surveys since April but began to rise in late October.
Last week, a federal judge found a key provision in the law to be unconstitutional.
Fifty-five percent of voters now favor repeal of the healthcare law, including 40 percent who strongly favor it. Forty-one percent are opposed to repeal, with 31 percent strongly opposed.
Support for repeal has ranged from 50 to 63 percent in weekly tracking since the bill became law in late March. Last week, support for repeal was at 60 percent.
The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on Dec. 17-18, 2010, by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points.
Forty-three percent (of voters say repeal of the healthcare bill would be good for the economy, but 33 percent disagree and think it would be bad for America. Twelve percent say repeal would have no impact, and another 12 percent are undecided.
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