Monday April 12, 2010

Support for Repealing Health Care Law Rises to 58%: Rasmussen

By Kathleen Gilbert

Updated 1:06 pm 4.13.2010

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 12, 2010 ( – Nearly three weeks after President Obama signed the federal health care bill into law, more U.S. voters hope to see it repealed than not, according to a Rasmussen poll.

58% of respondents in the telephone survey said they favored repeal for the measure, including a solid half of U.S. voters who “strongly favor” repeal, reported the pollster Monday morning. Thirty-eight percent of voters oppose repeal, with 32% strongly opposing it.

In surveys conducted in the first two weeks following the bill’s passage, 54% of voters favored repeal while 42% opposed it.

At least 18 U.S. states are suing the federal government over the law for what they call its unprecedented and unconstitutional expansion of federal powers.

While President Obama enjoyed a bump in Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll ratings, with more voters “strongly approving” of his job performance following the health care bill’s passage, the number of those “strongly disapproving” also rose and remained at a higher level than before passage.

A Real Clear Politics survey of several polls released Sunday showed President Obama’s approval rating at a new low, with an average approval rating of 46.3%, and 47% disapproving.