RAND Health Reform Opinion Study

group opinions

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA), the sweeping health reform sometimes referred to as “Obamacare,” changed the landscape of health care in America.

Public opinion about the ACA was split. As governments and other stakeholders rolled out the ACA, individuals' opinions changed based on what they learned about the law—and what they experienced firsthand.

The RAND Health Reform Opinion Study tracked public opinion of the ACA by surveying the same people over time. This allowed us to observe true changes in public opinion, rather than changes based on who was surveyed randomly. This approach was extremely effective in forecasting the 2012 U.S. presidential election.

To learn more about what makes our study unique, see our frequently asked questions (FAQ). For analysis of our findings, see our blog page. For more detailed graphs of our findings, including how public opinion differs by demographic groups (age, gender, employment status, and political affiliation), visit the American Life Panel website.

Overall Opinion

Do survey respondents have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of the ACA?