The day before the nation's uninsured begin enrolling in Obamacare, a new poll shows New Jerseyans are slightly more positive than the rest of the nation about the Affordable Care Act.
Slightly more than half of those interviewed by the Monmouth University Polling Institute knew they had to sign up for Obamacare if they don't have insurance, or risk paying a penalty on their taxes.
“Many uninsured New Jerseyans could be in for a surprise if they elect not to get health care coverage and later find they have to pay a fine on their 2014 taxes,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Although among those who did know something, most believed - about 49 percent - that the quality of their own health care won't be affected by coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
But when it comes to cost, about 42 percent - more than 4-in-10 - New Jersey residents fear their own costs will get worse under Obamacare.
The survey was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in partnership with the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. The poll was based on phone interviews this month with 783 New Jersey residents. It has an error rate of 3.5 percentage points.