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Most Americans Confident In Government’s Ability To Stop Major Ebola Outbreak In U.S.

News outlets report on Pew Research Center survey findings showing a majority of Americans are confident the federal government can prevent a major Ebola outbreak in the country.

The Hill: Poll: Majority believe U.S. government can stop ‘major’ Ebola outbreak
“Americans remain largely confident that the federal government can prevent a ‘major outbreak’ of the Ebola virus in the United States, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center. Fifty-seven percent of poll respondents said that they had either a great or fair amount of confidence in the government’s ability to prevent an outbreak of the disease. Only 32 percent said they were very or somewhat worried that they or someone in their family might come into contact with the deadly disease…” (McCabe, 10/6).

Wall Street Journal: Polling Ebola
“Despite the sensational news coverage, Americans aren’t panicking over Ebola and seem to be taking matters in stride compared to past health scares. But our faith in government to prevent a major outbreak in the U.S. mostly breaks down along party lines. … Pew… reports that Republicans are more skeptical of the government’s ability to prevent a major Ebola outbreak in the U.S….” (Riley, 10/6).

Washington Post: No, Americans aren’t freaking out about Ebola. Not even close.
“Ebola has made its way into the United States, and judging by the TV coverage, you would think people are (or should be) in full-scale panic mode. They are not. Not even close. A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows that just 11 percent of Americans are ‘very worried’ about the Ebola virus infecting them or someone they know…” (Blake, 10/6).

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