EBOLA: AMERICANS AGREE WITH THE GOP
Much of the nation is in agreement with the GOP’s call for temporary travel restrictions and stricter entry regulations when it comes to West African nations burdened with Ebola and its management. Why, it seems like just yesterday that Republicans were getting blamed for Ebola by members of the Obama administration, select Democrats and noisy progressives who broadly cited “budget cuts” as their rationale. Time and the public narrative quickly march on, however. Pollsters have gauged citizen sentiment on the situation, and their findings suggest that big majorities favor GOP prudence about Ebola — voiced by, among many others, House Speaker John A. Boehner, Rep. Trey Gowdy and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Here’s a sampling of what’s out there:
Ninety-one percent of Americans favor stricter screening for people traveling to the U.S. from West Africa; 66 percent support a flight ban (Washington Post/ABC News Poll released Oct. 14); 89 percent favor stricter screening of travelers inbound from affected areas (Harris/Health Day poll released Oct. 10); 79 percent would avoid international travel if an Ebola outbreak occurred in the U.S. (Reuters/Ipsos poll released Oct. 16); 72 percent favor a quarantine of travelers from affected areas; 56 do not approve their entry into the U.S. (The Economist YouGov poll released Oct. 15). analysis of “political divisiveness” among Americans released by the Pew Research Center.
“Consistent liberals are more likely to stop talking to someone because of politics. Roughly a quarter (24 percent) have done so, compared with 16 percent of consistent conservatives and around 10 percent of those with more mixed political views,” the research says.
Liberals also tend get more riled by their social media contacts than their conservative counterparts.
The researchers queried Facebook users to see if they “have ever hidden blocked, unfriended or stopped following someone because they disagreed with something that person posted about politics.” The results: 44 percent of liberal respondents said they had ended that relationship — compared to 31 percent of conservatives, and 26 percent of the general population.
“When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds,” the research noted. The findings were based on a survey of 2,901 U.S. adults conducted throughout March and April; the analysis was released Tuesday. that represents hundreds of luminaries ranging from Al Pacino to Charles Krauthammer. The organization does not disclose Miss Lewinsky’s fee, nor do they represent either Mr. Clinton or Hillary Clinton — who both earn a reported $250,000 a speech. All that said, Miss Lewinsky held her own during her speech, and managed to get some 12,000 press mentions before the day was through.
“My name is Monica Lewinsky. Though I have often been advised to change it, or asked why on earth I haven’t — but, there we are. I haven’t. I am still Monica Lewinsky,” she told her audience, recalling the moment she “fell in love with her boss” and became part of history.
“Overnight, I went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one. I was Patient Zero. The first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet,” Miss Lewinsky noted.