Poll: 'Obamacare' vs. 'Affordable Care Act'
September 27th, 2013
04:35 PM ET
7 months ago

Poll: 'Obamacare' vs. 'Affordable Care Act'

(CNN) – How do you feel about Obamacare? How about the Affordable Care Act?

They're two different names for one law, but a new poll shows more Americans oppose the president's signature health care law when it has his name attached than when it's called the official name.

According to a new CNBC poll that surveyed two different groups, 46% of the group that was asked about "Obamacare" was opposed to the law, while 37% of the group asked about the "Affordable Care Act" was opposed to the law.

At the same time, more people support "Obamacare" (29%) than those who support ACA (22%.) In other words, having "Obama" in the name "raises the positives and the negatives," as CNBC put it.

It's also important to note that 30% didn't know what the ACA was, compared to 12% who weren't familiar with Obamacare, according to the poll.

The word "Obamacare" has taken on a roller-coaster trajectory of its own, first coming into favor with Republicans as a criticism of the law, and more recently, as the subject of Democratic efforts to reclaim it.

Read more: 'Obamacare': The word that defined the health care debate

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. The Elephant In The Room

    I can hardly wait for 2016 [or should I say 2015] when Hillary is running and is defending Obamacare. She won't call it that because she will be courting the votes of the racist whites that hate all things Obama. But apparently several states have given Obama care a "cutsie" name with their state name / initials in the moniker. People have actually been quoted praising the thing with the cutsie name while railing against "Obamacare".

    This will be as good as the TeaPartier that had a sign reading " Keep your Government Hands off my Medicare!"

    When it is all said and done, 10 years from now Mr. Obama's name will be etched in the collective minds of Americans [and in a good way] due to the over arching hatred that the bigots tried to apply to this President and his signature piece of legislation.

    September 27, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Winston Smith

    The term Obamacare, was used as a means to be divisive by various radio hate jocks, then was picked up by the mainstream media because they thought it cute. The Affordable Care Act, was it's original name, and was always spoken of in this manner because the law was important to those without coverage, and respected by those wanting to see such improvements to society. Then came the so called (disinterested), wealthy giving monies to any and all opponents of passage of such refinements for the common man. Sad thing, the greedy and racist among us seem to one and same.

    September 27, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. What's in that tea anyway?

    It is such entertaining drama and theatre to watch these Tea Trolls trip all over their blatant stupidity...i.e. playing checkers while the Obama Admin. is playing chess. Does anybody question my words here? I only point to the fact "who will the american people blame for this shutdown" That would be the "stupid party" (not my words, blame Jindahl)

    September 27, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. Daisy

    I know what government health care means. When I was young my Mom would go to a goverment clinic. We would go so early in the morning and leave at night. There were kids running like crazy and we would not eat all day. It's not going to be be like going to a nice clinic and leaving early. Remember only the well off will go to a private doctor and us will be seeing each other complaining.

    September 27, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. Andrea

    I like Obamacare! Obama should get credit for the best thing to happen to U.S. citizens since MEDICARE!
    Devising the name "Obamacare" is the only thing the GOP has done right.
    As always, illogical conservatives find themselves on the wrong side of history.

    September 28, 2013 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  6. Ron

    Conservative healthcare proposal implemented by Democrats to address the high cost of and total lack of affordable healthcare and has boiled down to millions spent on misinformation about the A.C.A. . confusing everyone for political purpose.. In other words if Obama is for it Republicans are against it. A sad state of affairs and total lack of civil governance for U.S. citizens. . Facts are our healthcare is an embarrassment to the rest of the industrialized world and is based solely on profit for providers and death for the poor.. A system the Tea Party wants to keep in place with the support of the ignorant and misinformed..

    September 28, 2013 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  7. Yas

    Good Job Angela in your description of ACA

    September 28, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. mike horn

    RomneyCare......give credit where credit is do........

    September 28, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. Dixie

    I believe this plan will crumble. Why would a young person agree to pay for healthcare they probly won't use? They will just pay the penalty at tax time. I personnaly don't blame them. They are just starting out. It is a matter of paying their monthly bills or healthcare. Why would they do that?

    September 28, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. Jane

    Yeah, republicans rail people get emergency and urgent care in emergency rooms for free but a penalty for no insurance where you pay into a fund that pays it in case of use so your bankruptcy is financed is very personal responsibility. What they hate is the subsidy to the lower and middle class payments. They whine about how the poor and lazy are getting something for nothing but the poor have been on Medicare and they are excluded from the subsidies so they have to stay on Medicare. You have to be working pretty much to make enough to in obamacare so the lazy charge is not true nor is the poor shiftless. It is also not for those older on Medicare or those with employer plans. It is just the self employed or non employer plan people. Local small companies usually don't supply but they have a hard time getting good employees because of health care negotiating strength and this levels the playing field. Maybe we will see a return to local business versus the corp giants.

    September 28, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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