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January 23, 2014

Public Opinion of the Affordable Care Act Appears to Remain Stable

by Katherine Grace Carman

This week, we again report the newest data from the RAND Health Reform Opinion Study (RHROS).

Overall opinion continues to be stable with no discernible changes in the rate of favorable opinion since last week. Unfavorable opinion was in line with findings from the last few weeks of December and the first week of January, suggesting that last week's decline in unfavorable opinion may have been a deviation from the general stability we have seen over the past month. Last week's deviation falls within the margin of error for the survey (approximately 3.5 percent).

Compared to four weeks ago, the last time the same group was surveyed, there is a net greater shift towards favorable opinions than towards unfavorable opinions or “don't know.” Overall this implies a slightly higher rate of favorable opinion since four weeks ago—but again that increase is within the margin of error.

Check back each week for updated data. Once per month we also provide more detailed analysis of the study's results.


Katherine Grace Carman is an economist at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation.