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Rasmussen: Most Americans Favor Temporary Ban on African Flights

By    |   Monday, 06 October 2014 03:04 PM

Most Americans favor a temporary ban on flights from African nations where there are confirmed cases of Ebola, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey released Monday shows.

Out of 1,000 adults surveyed on Oct. 4-5, after Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted to a Dallas hospital with Ebola, 58 percent said they believe a ban should be imposed, while 24 percent said they do not think there should be a ban, and 17 percent were undecided.

Women surveyed were more concerned than men about Ebola, and showed slightly more support for banning flights from Africa.

In addition, 60 percent of Americans said they are somewhat concerned about the threat, compared to 51 percent in mid-September and 58 percent in August. Only 39 percent do not share the concern, which is down from 46 percent. The findings include 25 percent who said they are very concerned about the disease and 12 percent who said they are not concerned at all.

Also, now that the United States has seen its first diagnosed case of the deadly disease, 69 percent of Americans surveyed in the poll, which had a margin of error of =/- 3 points with a 95 percent level of confidence, said the virus is at least a somewhat serious health problem. Another 30 percent said the virus is a very serious health issue and six percent saying it is not a serious health issue at all.

Americans are confident that the U.S. public health system will contain the virus, with 64 percent saying they are at least somewhat confident, including 22 percent who are very confident. But there are 32 percent who say they are not confident, and 10 percent who are not at all confident.

Meanwhile, younger adults under the age of 40 are less concerned personally about the spread of Ebola than older adults, but younger and older adults showed the same levels of support for a flight ban.

More Republicans than Democrats believe there should be a ban, with 68 percent of Republicans supporting the idea and 47 percent of Democrats agreeing. Democrats were also more likely to have faith that the United States' public health system can handle the virus, the poll showed.

Further, 40 percent of Americans think the federal government is doing a good job protecting Americans, but 26 percent do not agree.

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