Poll: Americans Want Travel Restrictions Regarding Ebola

Since the outbreak of Ebola in Africa, the worst ever, really started to hit the media airwaves, and especially since several Americans infected with Ebola, there has been a call for travel restrictions. Team Obama has refused, even as both Republicans and Democrats have called for them. Many pundits, public figures, and administration officials have gone Typical Nutso with their explanations as to why we shouldn’t enact any travel restrictions, including those that a travel ban would be raaaaacist. And, of course, to suggest a travel ban is stupid. You know what? The majority of Americans do not care. They think there should be way more restrictions on people traveling out of the Ebola area

(Washington Post) Nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about a widespread Ebola epidemic in the United States, despite repeated assurances from public officials that the country’s modern health-care and disease-surveillance systems will prevent the type of outbreak ravaging West Africa.

In a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in recent days, the number of Americans who say the government should be doing more to prevent additional Ebola cases in the United States is almost twice the number who believe the United States is doing all it can to control the spread of the virus. (note: since the article glosses over this, the numbers are 33% think US is doing all it can, 67% think US can do more)

That includes overwhelming support — 91 percent — in favor of stricter screening for people traveling to this country from West Africa. Such screening began this past weekend at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and soon will begin at four other international airports in the country.

Two-thirds of those polled support travel restrictions on people entering the United States from the Ebola-stricken countries. Federal officials have rejected travel bans involving West Africa, saying such a move could make it more difficult to slow the outbreak at its source, hampering the movement of supplies and aid workers and ultimately putting the world more at risk.

The breakdown is 67 for more restrictions, 29% against. The question itself asks “would you support or oppose restricting entry to the US by people who have been in affected countries?” So, what 67% are saying is “nope, do not let them in”.

The chances of actually catching Ebola are slim. But, people are very concerned, because it is usually a death sentence in a horrible way. No one really wants their insides liquifying, do they? Bleeding out of every orifice?

Also, way down near the end of the article, we get to the question “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling The federal government’s response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus?” 43% approve, 41% disapprove.

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