So far this month, I’ve been on 10 different planes and through several major and regional airports in the U.S. I have to admit that Ebola crossed my mind from time to time, but I haven’t changed any travel plans. Have you? Has anyone you know?
More than eight of ten Americans (83%) are following the news about Ebola at least somewhat closely, according to new national poll results just released yesterday by Rasmussen Reports. Forty-five percent say they are following the Ebola story very closely. A quarter of all Americans (26%) are very concerned personally about Ebola, with an additional 31% reporting that they are somewhat concerned. Only 15% say they are not personally concerned at all.
The level of concern has abated slightly since Rasmussen Reports’ poll on the same issues in early October. This slight decrease is noteworthy because, since the earlier poll, two nurses in Texas were diagnosed with the disease. It remains to be seen how Americans react to the news released yesterday that the people who were closest to the Ebola patient who died in Texas have passed the 21-day period without any symptoms and are free to leave their homes.
And some Americans are changing their personal travel plans because of the occurrence of Ebola in the United States. Just over one in ten (12%) say that they have done so, according to Rasmussen Reports. Men and women are equally likely to have changed their personal travel plans.
Most Americans (83%), however, say they have not changed their personal travel plans because of the Ebola threat.
What is your current level of concern about Ebola in the U.S.?
Have you changed your personal travel plans due to the occurrence of the disease in the U.S.?