By Jason Millman - 12/20/10 05:21 PM EST
For the first time since healthcare reform was enacted in March, most U.S. voters believe Republicans will make good on their efforts to repeal the new law, according to a Rasmussen survey released Monday morning.
A telephone survey found that 52 percent of likely voters think it is “at least somewhat likely” the reform law will be repealed, while 33 percent believe it is unlikely. The results include 16 percent who believe repeal is “very likely” and 5 percent who think it is “not at all likely.”
Voters increasingly believe that the law will be repealed, according to past survey results. The number who think repeal is likely is up from 47 percent last month and up from 38 percent just weeks after President Obama signed reform into law.
Republicans will take over the House in January, and have pledged to repeal the law they unanimously opposed last year.
The poll also found that 55 percent of voters favored repealing the reform law, including 40 percent who strongly favored it. Forty-one percent opposed repeal, with 31 percent strongly against it.
Meanwhile, a separate Rasmussen survey released Monday found that nearly four in five Tea Party members, who opposed the reform law, expect their movement will play a bigger role in the 2012 election.
An influential Tea Party group last week urged Republicans in a confidential memo to hold a January vote to repeal the entire reform law.