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March 5, 2014

RAND Health Reform Opinion Study: Positive Opinion on the ACA Rises

by Katherine Grace Carman

This week, we again report the newest data on public opinion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from the RAND Health Reform Opinion Study (RHROS).

This week, more than 38 percent of respondents reported a favorable opinion of the ACA. This is the highest level of favorable opinion we've seen since we began the RHROS in September.

While this high-water mark is within the margin of error relative to responses in January and February, it is significantly higher than the level of favorable opinion respondents indicated in November and December. Those expressing unfavorable opinion of the ACA and those reporting “don't know” dropped this week.

Looking at changes in opinion from one month prior—comparing responses of the same group of people at two points in time—we see a large jump in the share of respondents switching from “unfavorable” to “favorable,” further suggesting that positive opinion of the ACA is on the rise.

Whether this trend will continue remains to be seen. Check back each week for updated data.


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