Poll: One-third of Americans don’t realize Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act are the same thing

Poll: One-third of Americans don’t realize Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act are the same thing
Demonstrators for and against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act march and chant outside the U.S. Supreme Court Building on March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Just over one-third of Americans don’t realize that the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare are the same legislation, according to a poll by Morning Consult published by The New York Times.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Its opponents typically refer to it as “Obamacare.”

The poll found that 35 percent of respondents either said they thought the names referred to two separate policies or that they were unsure if they were the same: Seventeen percent of respondents said that they thought Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act were two different pieces of legislation, while 18 percent said didn’t know if they were the same or different.

According to the poll, the “confusion was more pronounced” among those aged 18 to 29 and those who earn less than $50,000 a year.

It also found that a higher percentage of Republicans — 72 percent — said they knew Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act were the same thing.

Forty-five percent of respondents did not know the law might soon be repealed.

The Times writes that confusion surrounding the law has been “persistent” since it passed, pointing to a 2013 segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live in which the comedian asks Americans about the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare only to have them praise one and criticize the other.

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