Poll: 'Obamacare' vs. 'Affordable Care Act'
September 27th, 2013
04:35 PM ET
11 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.


Filed under: Health care • Polls
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Obamacare it is.

    September 27, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. bill

    call it what you want. it's still a train wreck.

    September 27, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    Many liberals probably disagree with me (I know Rudy NYC does), but I prefer "Obamacare" because it forever attaches his name to a soon-to-be popular program.

    September 27, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I prefer Obamacare. I want republicans to gag on themselves every time they hear it and want them to croak once they see how well it's working.

    September 27, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Donna

    Whatever Obama is implementing bears no resemblance to the law that was passed. Is it any wonder that people don't understand it? Three years after it was passed and the people who passed it still haven't figured it out for themselves and can't get it implemented! Yup, this is just how you want a system that your life, and the life of your family, depends on. Unbelieveble disaster no matter which way you look at it.

    September 27, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. thinking outside the box

    Data Driven
    Many liberals probably disagree with me (I know Rudy NYC does), but I prefer "Obamacare" because it forever attaches his name to a soon-to-be popular program.
    __________________________________________________________

    I prefer "Republicancare" because it highlights the fact that it was based off of ideas and principles first presented by the Republicans as well as shows how the Republicans have done a complete 180 on things simply to be against "the other team".

    September 27, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. just saying

    i prefer democare.... that way every american will be reminded of which party destroyed their healthcare system. and it is rather appropriate... demo as in demolish.... care as in healthcare... demolish healthcare with democare.

    September 27, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    @Dutch,

    "I prefer Obamacare. I want republicans to gag on themselves every time they hear it" - LOL!

    @thinking outside the box,

    "I prefer "Republicancare" because it highlights the fact that it was based off of ideas and principles first presented by the Republicans"

    So true. And so often denied by conservatives!

    September 27, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. rs

    just saying

    i prefer democare.... that way every american will be reminded of which party destroyed their healthcare system. and it is rather appropriate... demo as in demolish.... care as in healthcare... demolish healthcare with democare.
    ______________________________________
    And what healthcare system is being demolished JS?
    The one that 50 million Americans can't get into?
    The one that is the leading cause of personal bankruptsy?
    The one that has had the fastest, highest rate of cost increase for the past 20 years?
    The one only the rich can afford?
    The one that is rated 38th in the world for quality (behind Costa Rica)?

    I'll say this, if the Right has the warm fuzzies for that system, it's no alternative to the ACA.

    September 27, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Brian from CO

    Generally speaking Obamacare is at a 52% disaproval rating in polls. About 1/5 of that 52% disapproves of it because it is not liberal enough, and according to this article another 10% disapprove of it just because Obama's name is attached. If you take the people who say its not liberal enough and add it to the people who don't like Obamacare solely on name, you can then argue that 68% of the public want a system that is at least as liberal as Obamacare.

    September 27, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Data Driven

    Nice facts, RS - great post.

    Garlic is to vampires,
    as
    Facts are to certain conservatives

    September 27, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Donna
    Whatever Obama is implementing bears no resemblance to the law that was passed
    -------------------------------------------------
    According to you he's breaking the law.
    Why don't you run along to 1600 Pennsylavania Ave. and perform a citizen's arrest?

    September 27, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Obamacare, because he does.

    September 27, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Evergreen

    Sadly, this poll demonstrates how badly broken our education system. It's no wonder high companies want to import more foriegn workers. Or...is it the media that's broken?

    September 27, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Angela

    Please note that the ACA actually mirrors, in large part, the Republican's plan. It was created by the Heritage Foundation, supported by Ronald Reagan, and implemented in Mass. by Republican Mitt Romney. Ask yourself, why are the insurance companies going along with this so easily? Because they're still the centerpiece of our health care system. Believe me, if the insurance companies didn't think this was economically to their benefit, their lobbyists would have screamed loud and clear. They're salivating over all the young healthy customers they're about to sign up. Contrary to the myth that our health care will be restricted by ACA, every good feature (parents can keep their kids insured until age 26, no pre-existing conditions issues, etc) is coming about because the legislation is requiring it. Also, think about it, we all consume health care at some point. Those who do not have health insurance consume it in the most costly way. They wait to get care until they are sicker and they are more likely to use emergency rooms for their care. Who do you think pays for that? It seems only fair to spread those costs out more fairly. I thought a principle of the Republican Party was personal responsibility. Every able-bodied person carrying their share of health care costs seems to fit that bill to me.

    September 27, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    It was always called the ACA until the GOP started calling it Obama Care. They thought they were clever and it would hurt the President. Obama came out and said he would accept that name. It doesn't matter what it's called, as long as it helps people who are ignored by insurance companies. The forgotten Americans that the 1% don't care about. The irony is that most of those who are forgotten are Republicans who are voting against their own best interest.

    September 27, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. The Ham

    If you are young and sign up for this you are foolish...
    Pay the annual fine... and sign up when you're sick... will save thousands over your healthy years and there is no problem with signing up later... once you need it...

    September 27, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. Stuffit

    If the government shts down, who will spy on us steal our hard earned money for the dope addicts and welfare frauds and call us names because we object to the restrictions on our freedom and the theft of our money?

    September 27, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    There's absolutely NOTHING affordable, about ObamaCare.

    September 27, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. smith

    I perfer to wait and see what happends when the law goes fully into effect and then decide. The Dems have put all their eggs in this basket. The GOP has nothing to lose, their party is already in shambles. However, if ACA fails the Dems will crumble and never return.

    September 27, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. Susie

    Older folks may have more medical problems, but younger folks have more accidents. We ALL need medical insurance. It's disturbing that some Republicans are encouraging younger people not to buy insurance. I always vote for school bonds and to tax myself for higher education support even though I've been out of school for 40 years. We're all in this together people. Let's support each other.

    September 27, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. boungiorno

    amazing what the people want to believe and what they should believe

    September 27, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. Thomas

    I'm all for the ACA , we need to give it a try , it will need modifications like any work n progress .

    However , doing nothing and letting the naysayers obstruct any progress is ridiculous .

    We would still be using candles and sleeping in caves if it was up to the GOP.

    September 27, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  24. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Personally, I love 'Obamacare', it says to me he cares for the people and is doing the job they chose him to do
    although it offends his rivals (smile)

    September 27, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  25. Donald

    I could not agree more with you Angela. I am surprise that the Republicans are always talking about people who want to free-load but now that a law that will hold everyone accountable is about to take effect they are the very ones who are trying with every breath in their bodies to shut it down. I am wondering if it is really the law or the type of person who finally is allowing every Americans to have the opportunity to have health coverage that they are really having a problem with or is it that many will lose their kick backs from Insurance and Pharmaceutical companies that had the control before. As I always stated, if President Obama had created oxygen, these Republicans would tell people to stop breathing it because oxygen will over time be bad for them. It does not matter what he do, Republicans will fight it all the way unless it is to make war with another country. God bless the USA and help its blind politicians who have eyes but cannot see except when it has to do with war and helping big business, who has a conscience but do not care about the less fortunate unless it is their own family members, if they even care then.

    September 27, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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