A new Gallup Poll released Monday found that groups most important to the Affordable Care Act’s success are also among the least familiar with it.
Individuals under the age of 30 continue to be the least familiar with the health care law, according to the poll. Nationally, 72 percent of adults are familiar with the law, while 28 percent are unfamiliar. Among 18-to-29-year-olds, however, only 63 percent are familiar, while 37 percent are unfamiliar.
Young adults are a crucial target group for the ACA’s success, because they tend to be healthier and can help keep premium rates down by balancing costs of older, sicker individuals. Democrats and low-income individuals are also less familiar with the law. While 88 percent of Republicans say they are familiar with the ACA, 68 percent of independents and only 65 percent of Democrats say the same.
The law is intended to benefit Americans with lower incomes, who are more likely to be uninsured. Yet only 70 percent of individuals making less than $90,000 a year say they are familiar with the law, compared with 90 percent of those making over $90,000.
The poll was conducted Nov. 23-24 among a random sample of 1,034 adults. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.