Minority expect Ebola outbreak in Canada

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Minority expect Ebola outbreak in Canada

Most agree with restrictions on travelers

TORONTO November 20th, 2014 In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1500 Canadians 18 years of age and older, one quarter think an Ebola outbreak is likely in Canada, but just one twentieth say it's "very likely" (6%). Two thirds think it unlikely (69%), with half agreeing that it is not very likely (48%) as opposed to not at all likely (22%). Those who think an Ebola outbreak is likely are apt to be the oldest (30%), the least wealthy (32%), in Alberta (30%) and among the least educated (34%).

6-in-10 think Canada is well prepared for Ebola outbreak

Close to two thirds think Canada is prepared for an outbreak of Ebola (61%), and 3-in-10 do not (30%). One tenth don't have an opinion (9%).

Three quarters agree with quarantining West Africa arrivals

Three quarters of Canadians agree with quarantining those who arrive from West Africa (77%), and fully one half agree strongly (48%). Fewer than a fifth disagree (19%) and few have no opinion (4%).

Two thirds approve of government visa restrictions on West Africa

Two thirds of Canadians agree with the government's decision to restrict visas for travelers from West Africa (66%), and most of these "agree strongly" (39%).

"Ebola is like ISIS. It's an unwelcome visitor that wasn't invited to the Canadian experience, yet has shown up anyway. Canadians are eager to do anything in their power to make sure this interloper stays where it originated, in West Africa," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at lbozinoff@forumresearch.com or at (416) 960-9603.