Two-thirds of Americans support restricting entry into the United States by people who have been in countries affected by the Ebola virus, and nine in 10 support stricter screenings of people coming into the U.S. from such countries.
Sixty-seven percent of Americans support restricting people from coming into the country as part of dealing with the outbreak and 91 percent support stricter screening, said a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Almost two-thirds of those surveyed are either “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the possibility of a widespread Ebola epidemic occurring in the United States, but nearly as many — 62 percent — are confident about the federal government’s ability to handle an outbreak.
Still, 41 percent approve of the way President Obama is handling the federal response to the outbreak and 43 percent disapprove. Sixty-four percent say the U.S. should do more to try to prevent further cases of Ebola in the United States.
Government officials have rejected the idea of a travel ban from West African countries that are most affected by the virus, but enhanced screenings have already started at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and are scheduled to begin this Thursday at four others.
Democrats and Republicans are also in the midst of a dispute over the levels of federal funding that are being put toward combating the virus.
The overall poll of 1,006 adults was conducted Thursday through Sunday and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.