Poll: People doubt feds' ability to handle disease outbreak
By Alan Fram, Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The public has little faith the government is adequately screening visitors to the country or could cope with an outbreak of an infectious disease, according to an AP-Ipsos poll.
Only one in five surveyed said the government is doing enough to scrutinize people crossing the border into the U.S., the poll found. Just two in five expressed confidence the government is ready for an epidemic.
The pervasive sense of futility about government security efforts comes less than two years after the plodding federal response to Hurricane Katrina, which flooded New Orleans and devastated the Gulf Coast.
Analysts have said Katrina left many people questioning whether the government would come to the rescue in the next major national emergency.
I think the point should be made that most people question whether THIS administration could deal with the situation. I don't remember any questions like that about Clinton or Bush 41's FEMA.