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New Surveys From Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington Post-ABC Show Widespread Support For Zika Funding Among Americans

CNBC: Few Americans fear Zika, but want more money spent on fighting the virus
“A strong majority of Americans favor the idea of spending more money to prevent the spread of the Zika virus in the United States, even though relatively few of them fear the virus personally, a new poll revealed Thursday. Just 13 percent of Americans said they see Zika as a major threat to them personally, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation survey. And 63 percent said they believed the virus will be contained to a small number of cases, the survey found. But 72 percent of Americans said the United Sates should invest more money on combating the spread of Zika in the country, Kaiser found…” (Mangan, 6/30).

The Hill: Poll shows broad support for more Zika funding
“Nearly three-quarters of respondents in a new national survey — including a majority of Republicans — believe the federal government should spend more to prevent the Zika virus from spreading in the U.S. The new figures, released by the Kaiser Family Foundation Wednesday morning, could up the pressure on congressional leaders as they look to break a weeks-long impasse over Zika funding…” (Ferris, 6/30).

International Business Times: Zika In The U.S.: Most Americans Want More Federal Money To Combat Virus At Home Amid Squabble In Congress, Poll Shows
“…According to the [Kaiser Family Foundation] survey, 85 percent of those polled have heard of the Zika virus, and 72 percent said the government should invest more money in preventing it from spreading in the United States. Democrats were more likely to support such funding than Republicans, with 80 percent saying the U.S. should spend the money compared to 66 percent of GOPers. Similarly, 73 percent of respondents said the U.S. should invest more money in Zika-related research, with more Democrats (81 percent) supportive than Republicans (68 percent)…” (Whitman, 6/30).

Kaiser Health News: Most Americans Want More Federal Money To Stop Zika: Poll
“…The partisan divide is widest on the matter of federal funding to give women access to reproductive health choices and services, according to the survey. Overall, 65 percent of Americans supported that as did 81 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of Independents. Among Republicans, backing dropped to 46 percent…” (Galewitz, 6/30).

Washington Post: Americans were more worried about Ebola than they are about Zika
“The global spread of the Zika virus and its links to severe birth defects have yet to worry most Americans, and few are taking measures to limit their exposure to the mosquito-borne disease, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. … In the Post-ABC poll, Americans of all political persuasions agreed that Congress should allocate money for the nation’s Zika response…” (Dennis et al., 6/30).

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