Many Americans still don t realize that the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare is the same thing, according to a new poll.

A deeper look inside the numbers appears to show the disconnect runs along party lines.

In a survey of 1,000 voters last weekend, Public Policy Polling asked, Do you have a more favorable opinion of Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act, or do you see them both equally?

Overall, 14 percent said they viewed Obamacare more favorably; 13 percent favored the Affordable Care Act while 62 percent saw them both equally.

Obamacare is the political nickname that has been adopted for the Affordable Care Act. They are the same law.

When breaking it down by party affiliation, more than 59 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats looked at the two equally. But there were plenty who seemed to not realize both are the same law.


  • 29 percent viewed Obamacare favorably
  • 9 percent viewed the ACA favorably
  • 10 percent were not sure


  • 22 percent viewed the ACA favorably
  • 6 percent viewed Obamacare favorably
  • 12 percent were not sure

Independents seemed to have a better grasp of the situation. 75 percent saw both Obamacare and the ACA equally. Still, 6 percent favored Obamacare while 8 percent favored the ACA.

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel recently poked fun at this problem. His staff asked people on the street whether they liked Obamacare or the ACA better. It was clear many of them had strong opinions about both laws, not realizing they were actually the same. Watch:

35 percent of those polled by PPP identified themselves as Democrat. 34 percent identified as Republican and 32 percent said they were Independent.

Other findings in this poll:

  • 45 percent - Pres. Barack Obama s job approval rating.
  • 39 percent - Congressional Democrats job approval rating.
  • 29 percent - Congressional Republicans job approval rating.
  • 89 percent - Percentage who think Congress should not be paid during government shutdown.
  • 48 percent - Those who think Republicans are responsible for the government shutdown. Democrats received 42 percent.
  • 53 percent - Those who think Congress is responsible for the shutdown. Pres. Obama received 43 percent.

The overall margin of error was +/- 3.1 percent.

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