Poll: Support for Health Care Repeal Drops

BY Talea Miller  January 17, 2011 at 1:02 PM EST

As the House of Representatives gears up to vote this week on a proposed repeal of the health care reform bill, public support for the move is falling.

Only 25 percent of people polled now support repealing the health care law, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll out Monday, compared to 46 percent on Jan. 7, one day before Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in a violent attack in Tuscon, Ariz.

The poll also found strong opposition to the law — which among other things requires most people in the United States to have health insurance– at 30 percent, close to the lowest level registered since the surveys began in September 2009.

However, the country remains divided on the legislation, according to the results, with 40 percent supporting the health care reform and 41 percent opposing it.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has scheduled a floor debate on the repeal for Tuesday and a vote on Wednesday.The debate was delayed for more than a week following the shootings in Arizona.

It is expected to pass the Republican-led House, but would face great difficulty passing the Democratic-controlled Senate.