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ABC/Wash. Post Poll: Majority Want Ebola Travel Restrictions

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 07:30 PM

A big majority of Americans now say they're in favor of restricting entry to the United States to people from countries hardest-hit by the Ebola virus, a new poll shows.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll finds 67 percent of respondents support restricted entry; 29 percent opposed the travel curbs on those arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where 4,000 people have died from the hemorrhagic fever.

Ninety-one percent of adults in the survey said they want "stricter screening of people entering the United States who have been in African countries affected by the outbreak."

The survey also found 33 percent think the United States is doing all it reasonably can do to try to prevent further cases of Ebola here, while 64 percent say it should do more.

Concern about Ebola is highest among lower-income Americans, and least among higher-income, better educated Americans, the survey found.

The Oct. 12 poll, taken before the public learned a Dallas nurse caught the Ebola virus from Liberian traveler Eric Duncan, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

In an Oct. 7 online poll by NBC News, 58 percent of Americans said they wanted a ban on flights from countries hardest hit by the virus, with 20 percent opposed.

The U.S. government has awarded roughly 13,500 visas to people in the three afflicted countries. Each year, some 190,000 people from the 16 countries experiencing the outbreak visit the United States, and roughly 40,000 people form the region are given green cards, The Daily Caller reports.

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