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Research Suggests Nativism Drives Opposition to Health Care Reform
The Huffington Post

President Obama’s landmark health care legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), continues to dominate political headlines, most recently due to the woes associated with last fall’s botched rollout of the online enrollment exchanges. Given the importance of the ACA to President Obama’s presidency and historical legacy, it is important to understand why individuals may be more likely to support or oppose this controversial piece of legislation. Our research, recently published online in Political Behavior, suggests that nativism, the perception that a traditional American culture and way of life needs to be protected against foreign influence, is a significant factor that predicts opposition to the ACA along with other more obvious factors like partisanship, age, and income (see here and here for previous research on ACA support).

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