51 Percent of Americans ‘Strongly’ Favor Repeal
12:34 PM, Mar 15, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
For the first time since the passage of Obamacare last March, the Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that most Americans (51 percent) “strongly” favor Obamacare’s repeal, while fewer than a quarter (24 percent) “strongly” oppose it. Eighty percent of Republicans “strongly” favor repeal, while fewer than half of all Democrats (46 percent) “strongly” oppose it.
Overall (including those who don’t have a strong preference), 62 percent of likely voters favor repeal, while only 33 percent oppose it. That 29-point gap is the 2nd-highest in 52 weeks of polling, and the highest in the past 42 weeks. Independent voters favor repeal by a margin of 34 points and a ratio of more than 2-to-1: 64 percent of independents favor repeal, while only 30 percent oppose it.
And while President Obama continues to say that Obamacare would lower health costs, and Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius says that it is already lowering them, only 17 percent of likely voters believe them — the same percentage who believe that Obamacare would lower the deficit or wouldn’t affect the quality of health care.