With the imminent repeal of 'Obamacare' looming and still no replacement in sight, discussion that has been centered around our national healthcare coverage has dominated posts online, occasionally revealing that some people who are completely opposed to 'Obamacare' weren't aware of it's real name, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This means they also weren't aware they were putting all of their weight behind shooting themselves in the foot.
This isn't a recent phenomenon either. Jimmy Kimmel ran a skit where he interviewed random people on the street and asked them which they thought was better; the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.
Morning Consult, a nonpartisan digital media and survey company, conducted a survey at the end of January whose results highlighted this issue even further. The poll revealed that 35% of Americans either believe that Obamacare and the ACA are different policies (17%) or didn't know if they were (18%) the same or not.
72% of those that identified as Republican did know that Obamacare and the ACA are the same thing, but weren't aware that Medicaid and subsidies would be impacted. 29% of them thought that they would not be affected without a replacement and 24% weren't aware that it would impact Medicare and subsidies at all compared to the nearly 80% of those who identified as Democrats knowing that they would in fact be eliminated if the ACA were repealed with no replacement, which is what we're currently faced with.
The poll was conducted on January 25th to the 26th and targeted 18-29 year olds among a national sample of 1,890 adults. The results have a margin of error of +/- 2 percent.