Tuesday, August 28, 2012
This year has seen the highest number of reported West Nile virus cases in the United States since the virus was first detected in 1999, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. Most Americans are concerned about the spread of the virus, and a majority says they’d get vaccinated if it were possible. But Americans are not as enthusiastic about the government requiring vaccinations during a health emergency.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of U.S. Adults shows that 73% are at least somewhat concerned about the spread of the West Nile virus, with 27% who are Very Concerned. Twenty-seven percent (27%) don’t share this concern, but that includes just seven percent (7%) who are Not At All Concerned. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on August 25-26, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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