Looking Behind Opinion Polling on the Affordable Care Act

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Looking Behind Opinion Polling on the Affordable Care Act

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This brief looks in detail at what different groups of nonelderly adults think about the ACA. Public opinion across several polls has been unfavorable toward the ACA and grew increasingly so in the wake of the troubled roll out of the new Marketplaces. The analysis draws on data collected in September 2013 from the Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS), reflecting opinions prior to the first open enrollment period, which began on October 1. Because the sample includes almost 8,000 adults, we are able to probe more deeply than prior efforts, assessing (1) how opinions about the ACA vary with the person's demographic, health, and socioeconomic characteristics and (2) whether experience with the early provisions of the law has shaped their perceptions.

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