There is an interesting new study out on public attitudes towards the Affordable Care Act. In essence, it concludes that the more you know about what is actually in it, the better you like it. Likewise the more your knowledge is driven by the inaccurate statements about what is in the ACA, the more you dislike it. This is true whether you are a Democrat, Independent or Republican. In essence, when the information is accurate, Democrats like it more than they already do; Republicans dislike it less.
Compared to earlier surveys, the survey respondents’ understanding of the reform was slightly more accurate than two years ago. The authors posit that if all Americans had substantial accurate information about what is in the bill, about 70% of Americans would like it as compared to 32% today. This does not mean that the survey found that Americans like the “individual mandate”; they did not, but rather that the totality of the reforms in the ACA, when accurately described, are quite popular.
See Gross et al. American’s Attitudes Towards the Affordable Care Act: Would Better Public Understanding Increase or Decrease Favorability?
For the full survey report: http://comm.stanford.edu/faculty/krosnick/docs/2012/Health%20Care%202012%20-%20Knowledge%20and%20Favorability.pdf