Poll: U.S. could be doing more on Ebola

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  • New poll shows 43% of Americans disprove of Obama's Ebola response
  • Nine in 10 Americans support stricter screening of passengers from Africa, poll shows
  • The poll came from the Washington Post/ABC news and was conducted from Thursday to Saturday
Americans are concerned about Ebola, and many of them are unsatisfied with President Barack Obama's response, according to a new poll.
Forty-three percent of Americans surveyed said they disapprove of the way President Barack Obama has responded to the outbreak of Ebola compared to just 41 percent who approve, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll out Tuesday. Sixteen percent had no opinion on this issue.
Further, the percentage of people who say the U.S. is "doing all it reasonably can to try to prevent further cases of Ebola" across the country hovers at 33 percent, while those arguing the federal government should be doing more is nearly double that amount.
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The poll also reveals that an overwhelming majority of respondents -- 91 percent -- support stricter screening of people entering the U.S. coming from African countries where the outbreak is spreading rapidly.
This responses come amid announced enhancements to screening procedures at some of the nation's most trafficked airports, including Dulles International Airport in Virginia, O'Hare International in Chicago, Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta, and Newark Liberty International in New Jersey.
The Post reports that the telephone poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday. Just over 1,000 adults were surveyed, and the margin of sampling error is 3.5 percentage points.