A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that Democrats have a more favorable opinion of the Affordable Care Act when it's referred to as "Obamacare" than when it's referred to as the "health reform law."
Although nearly a quarter of Americans say they don’t know their view on the “health reform law”, the public is more opinionated when asked about “Obamacare”: the share offering no opinion drops to 11 percent, and the shares expressing both favorable and unfavorable views of the law rise when this term is used. Democrats show the biggest change in favorability with the alternate question wording – 73 percent say they have a favorable opinion of “Obamacare” compared to 58 percent who say the same for the “health reform law.”
Overall, 35 percent of the public said they have favorable view of the "health reform law" and 42 percent had a favorable view of "Obamacare." The inverse had the same effect, though, with 43 percent saying they have an unfavorable view of the "health reform law" and 47 percent saying they have an unfavorable opinion of "Obamacare."
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