A newly released Fox News poll has found that half of Americans believe the U.S. government is hiding information about the Ebola outbreak, while a clear majority think that the world is “going to hell in a handbasket.”
The poll, which was conducted earlier this week, found that 68 per cent of likely voters are concerned about Ebola spreading throughout the country, while a 60-35 per cent margin thinks that the U.S. should ban all flights coming in from Ebola-hit countries.
Although 55 per cent believe the government is prepared to deal with the crisis, Americans are split 46-46 on the question of whether the White House is telling the public the truth about the Ebola virus.
A majority of respondents think the media is handling the situation appropriately, with a minority of 31 per cent thinking the press is “scaring people unnecessarily.”
A clear majority, 50 per cent to 27 per cent, still believe that ISIS poses a bigger threat than the Ebola virus.
Meanwhile, 58 per cent of voters think the world is “going to hell in a handbasket,” compared with 35 per cent who believe “everything is going to be alright.”
With many commentators identifying Ebola as the “October surprise” that could shake up the mid-term elections, Democrats and Republicans have been quick to blame the crisis on each other.
The Washington’s Post’s Chris Cillizza writes that the situation is likely to enhance a broader feeling that, “the institutions that we once relied on (government, church, the justice system) are no longer reliable.”