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Rasmussen: Support for repealing health reform dropping

Rasmussen is widely believed to have a conservative tilt, so Rasmussen's latest finding that support for the repeal of health care reform is dropping seems particularly noteworthy:

Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters nationwide favor repeal of the recently passed national health care law. The latest weekly Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey on the subject finds that 42% oppose repeal.

This is the second lowest level of support for repeal in 17 weeks of surveying since the health care bill was passed by Congress. It marks what appears to be a continuing downward trend in support for repeal since June. Last week, support for repeal spiked back up to 60%, but that may have been due to renewed publicity about the law as it actually began to be implemented.

There's no disguising the fact that the White House and Dems still have a ton of work to do to sell the reform law to the public: A majority supports repeal. But Rasmussen's findings do suggest that the trend is clearly moving against repeal. Indeed, the internals show that 42% now oppose repeal is the highest level of opposition in the couple of months since the pro-repeal movement kicked into high gear after reform passed.

This mirrors the fact that the public is slowly warming to the health reform law in other polling, too. This is happening even as both sides are engaged in a scorched earth campaign to win over the public as it seeks to reach a final verdict on the law that passed several months ago.

Republicans say the public has already rejected reform; GOP leaders are doubling down on repealing the law in its entirety. And support for repeal is still running high enough to give Dems and the White House heartburn. But nonetheless, the polls suggest that public opinion is still malleable and that the argument is far from over.

By Greg Sargent  |  July 12, 2010; 12:07 PM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Health reform , House GOPers  
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It begs the question, how knowledgable of the health care reform law were the 1000 people in that survey? I'd be willing to bet that a majority (on both sides) don't have anything beyond a "headline" understanding of it.

That's not to say this poll doesn't have political merit, but on the substance, I find myself less and less interested in the opinions of the uninformed.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 12, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"Polls suggest that public opinion is still malleable and that the argument is far from over."

Well how on earth could the argument be over before most of the provisions even kick in? Hell, they haven't even finished the rules of implementation yet!

Posted by: sbj3 | July 12, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have no intention of repealing health insurance reform. They know it's impossible. Obama would never sign any bill intended to repeal, and his veto would never be overridden. It's just a tired talking point and they all know it.

Posted by: SDJeff | July 12, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse


If anyone is missing hearing from Dave Weigel, he is guest-blogging for Andrew Sullivan this week.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 12, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Politico addresses why HCR might be polling upwards NOW - but watch out for later:

"Buried deep within some of the Democrats’ most significant reform bills are dozens of policy time bombs set to blow at more politically convenient times.

"The Democratic reform triumvirate — health care, Wall Street and energy — is filled with provisions designed to front-load policy benefits and delay political pain.

"Health care reform cracks down on insurers right away but won’t force people to buy insurance until 2014.

"... The delicate balance aims to gradually get a skittish public accustomed to the enormous changes, while insulating lawmakers from potential backlash.

"... The goal is to do it in a way that no one feels it and no one writes news stories about it — minimize the blowback."

"... House Democrats practically demanded that their leaders load the health care bill with goodies that take effect before November’s election, giving them something to sell on the campaign trail."

Read more:

Posted by: sbj3 | July 12, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

once again, the rightwing republicans have put themselves in an impossible position: they know total repeal is not possible and would not be popular. after apologizing to bp for the 'slushfund,' they don't want to be in a position of telling people they worked hard to make it possible for insurance companies to once again drop people for pre existing conditions or put lifetime and yearly caps on payouts.

but, on the other hand, they have ramped up their base with the total repeal message.

it will probably wind up like their supposed support for eliminating any kind of choice for abortion -- something that fuels perpetual outrage in a portion of the base but which never gets acted on, even when the republicans have both houses and the presidency.

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom | July 12, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Hate to hit and run,

But the current thinking among us fascists is that defunding will do until Barry McStrawmanSlayer is voted out. And I agree, only an uniformed public could have voted these current "officials" in.

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | July 12, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse


" WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts helped move sweeping financial legislation closer to passage Monday, announcing that after some misgivings he will support the regulatory overhaul after all.

Brown joins Sen. Susan Collins of Maine as two crucial Republican votes for the legislation."


On the MSM front, now that the World Cup Octopus Rubbish, has run it is Media Frenzy course, they will resume obsessing about The Political Tentacles of Palin.

Have a good week all.

Posted by: Liam-still | July 12, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey Liam -- great to hear from you. :)

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 12, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

troll unfortunately lives up to his name and throws a flash bang without intending to contribute to any substantive discussion of the issue.

that's telling, because it's reflective of what a tough position the rightwing republicans know they are in on this issue.

so how exactly are they planning to spin their position that would give the insurance companies back the right to cap, revoke and deny coverage if it will save them a penny?

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom | July 12, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

All, check out Sharron Angle's latest:

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 12, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I thought the quality of Rass's polling was enough to make the folks at Research2000 blush? You don't have to give me a copy of the Talking Points, but at least, to quote Dr.Evil: "Throw me a fricken' bone here."

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | July 12, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

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