*It probably comes as no surprise that the spread of the Ebola virus has caused a great amount of fear in the general population. And who can blame us? Deaths from the virus reached epic proportions before anything that looked like a cure ever surfaced; after a Caucasian health worker who had returned from Liberia and was diagnosed with the virus soon after, was the first to actually live beyond it.
Now, even with more people surviving in the United States, and some survivors discovered in Liberia, a new poll from MailOnline/YouGov shows 60 per cent of those surveyed support an outright travel ban on incoming travel for everyone – including Americans – who want to enter the U.S. from Ebola-affected countries.
Nearly seven in 10 Americans want the United States to shut its doors to foreigners traveling from countries where known cases of the Ebola virus have existed; and six in 10 say there should be a total ban.
Seniors also preferred a closed-door policy by large numbers.
The MailOnline/YouGov poll produced the stunning results, which show 90 percent of republicans favoring a no-room-at-the-inn approach when it comes to issuing travel visas to people coming from affected countries. 1,000 Americans was surveyed, and the results suggest an eagerness to see the Obama White House embrace the position of Australia – which shut its borders last Tuesday to all travelers from Ebola-stricken nations – and of Canada, which followed suit on Friday.
Incidentally, just 34 percent ‘have faith in the president to handle the Ebola crisis effectively’ – compared to 49 per cent who don’t; and 55 per cent say the Obama administration has been ‘slow to react’ to the crisis.
9 out of 10 of those surveyed say they are registered to vote.
The GOP is also front and center in asking for travel restrictions on anyone entering the U.S. from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. More than three-fourths of Republicans hold that view, compared with barely half of Democrats.
And as for quarantines, republicans heavily outweigh Democrats on the question of a 21-day forced submission for people entering the U.S. from affected countries. While two-thirds of GOP’ers think isolating potential patients is a must-do; barely one in three Democrats agree.
Read the full polling results at the Daily Mail.