The Public and Ebola: What the Polls Say

October 6, 2014 6:57 PM

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A Fox News poll conducted at the end of September found 31% of respondents were very concerned, and 37% somewhat concerned, that the Ebola virus would spread from West Africa to the United States. Just a month earlier, a Harvard School of Public Health poll had found that only 19% were very concerned, and 18% somewhat concerned, about a large Ebola outbreak within the U.S. in the next year. At that time the public was not particularly concerned about their own personal risk either. Just 25% in the same poll were very or somewhat concerned they or someone in their immediate family might get sick from Ebola in the next 12 months.

However, even in August, more than half (52%) of the country was already following the story somewhat or very closely. By September, over six in ten in a Kaiser Family Foundation poll were following the story fairly or very closely. A significant minority also saw an outbreak in the United States as...

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