Oct 14, 2014 4:00 PM
NH1 Poll: 61 percent in NH worried about spread of Ebola
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Most Granite Staters are concerned about the Ebola virus hitting home.
That's the finding from a new NH1 Poll by New England College, which also indicates that a majority say they approve of how Washington's battling the spread of the virus.
According to the survey, which was released Tuesday, 61 percent of likely voters in New Hampshire said they were very or somewhat concerned that Ebola would affect the Granite State. A quarter of those questioned said they had little or no concern.
The poll indicated a slight gender gap on this question.
"Among those concerned about Ebola affecting New Hampshire, women expressed more concern than men 67.6 percent to 53.6 percent," said Wayne Lesperance, Professor of Political Science at New England College and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement.
According to the poll, 58 percent said they somewhat or strongly approve of the federal government's actions to prevent the spread of the virus in the U.S. Twenty-eight percent said they somewhat or strongly disapprove of the job the federal government's doing.
The job President Obama and the federal government's doing to prevent the spread of Ebola has become an issue in the midterm elections, and the NH1/NEC poll indicates a partisan divide on the question. Eight-two percent of Democrats questioned in the survey said they somewhat or strongly approve of the job the federal government's doing. But less than half of Republicans gave a thumbs up to the federal government's actions.
The NH1 Poll by New England College was conducted October 9, with 1,081 likely voters in New Hampshire questioned by telephone. The survey was conducted using Interactive Voice Response technology, an automated polling system. The poll's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.