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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What America Thinks: Is America Ready for Ebola?

The first person diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in the United States died last week in a Dallas hospital. Shortly before, the federal government announced it was beginning airport screening of new arrivals to this country from Ebola-infected countries in Africa. So what does America think of the growing Ebola epidemic?

For one thing, most Americans want to go a step further and impose a temporary ban on all flights into the United States from African countries with confirmed cases of Ebola. Most favor such a ban, while just one-in-four oppose it. Only 40% think the federal government is doing a good or excellent job so far protecting Americans from the killer virus.

Not surprisingly, Americans are growing more concerned about the threat of Ebola now that it’s hit home. Sixty percent (60%) are personally concerned about Ebola now, compared to 51% who felt that way less than a month ago. Sixty-nine percent (69%) see it as a serious public health problem for Americans.

Still, Americans are even more confident that the U.S. public health system will be able to contain the Ebola virus now that it has broken out in this country than they were when it first became a potential threat back in August.

Ebola's arrival here is also no surprise since just one-in-five Americans felt the international community was doing enough to keep the epidemic in Africa under control in September.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.