06/16/2010 02:48 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Health Care Reform Repeal Less Popular In Colorado Than Nationally: Rasmussen

A new survey from Rasmussen shows 53% of Coloradans support a repeal of the federal health care reform law passed in March. That's 5 points lower than the national average, and 8 points lower than last month, when Rasmussen asked likely voters the same question.

Colorado is one of 13 states to enter into a lawsuit challenging the federal government's ability to mandate that every citizen have health care. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers entered the state into the suit, calling the health care reform law an "unprecedented" federal overreach.

The move infuriated many Democrats, and resulted in a reelection challenge from Democrat Stan Garnett.

Opponents of health care reform are also pushing a ballot initiative that would exempt the state from the mandate. The initiative has thus far gathered little momentum, but a recent federal court decision could help in the initiative gain enough signatures to appear on the ballot this November.

The poll, which surveyed 500 likely voters on June 14, and has a margin of error of 4.5%, also asked about preferences in the Colorado governor's race. Rasmussen found largely the same results as it did in May, with Democrat John Hickenlooper trailing Republican Scott McInnis 46%-41%. Hickenlooper was tied in a hypothetical matchup with Dan Maes, another Republican seeking the party's nomination