More than half of Americans do not know the date by which they must purchase health insurance to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provision, according to a Bankrate.com survey.

In response to a multiple-choice question about the deadline of March 31, 24 percent thought it was Jan. 1, 2014; 11 percent said Dec. 31, 2014; 2 percent said none of these and 18 percent didn’t know. Only 45 percent correctly identified the date.

Forty-three percent of young Americans ages 18-29--whom the Obama administration is targeting for enrollment--knew the correct date.

Regardless, the majority (62 percent) of all survey respondents expect the individual mandate deadline to be pushed back, while 29 percent expect it to stand, Bankrate.com found.

Princeton Survey Research Associates International conducted the Jan. 16-19 survey of 1,006 adults living in the continental United States. Numbers may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.

Brian Kalish is a reporter for HIX-Health Insurance Exchange, a SourceMedia publication.

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