Most voters favor repealing health reform laws

by Brendon Nafziger, DOTmed News Associate Editor | August 03, 2010
A majority of U.S. voters favor overturning health reform, calling it "bad for the country," according to the latest Rasmussen poll.

Rasmussen said it is the most gloomy assessment of the landmark legislation since the organization began regularly tracking public opinion on health reform in March.

Fifty-nine percent of all likely voters would like to see health reform legislation repealed, while 57 percent think it will hurt the country, according to Rasmussen.

About half of all voters also fear it's at least somewhat likely the health care bill will force them to switch insurance plans, up 28 percent from only two months ago.

But the public temperature-takers found a sharp divide between Republicans and independents, who hate the bill, and Democrats, who support it. They also found that populist-minded voters were among the strongest opposition, with 70 percent pessimistic about health care reform.

The telephone poll, which canvassed 1,000 likely voters across the United States July 30-31, has a margin of error of about 3 percentage points and a confidence level of 95 percent, Rasmussen said.