One quarter think Ebola outbreak in Ontario likely

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One quarter think Ebola outbreak in Ontario likely

Two thirds approve quarantining arrivals from West Africa

TORONTO November 1st, 2014 – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1104 Ontarians 18 years of age and older, as many as one quarter say an Ebola outbreak in Ontario is likely (25%), and one tenth describe this possibility as "very likely" (9%). Belief in the strong likelihood of an Ebola outbreak is characteristic of the youngest (16%), the less wealthy ($20K to $40K - 17%), in Toronto 416 (14%), Green Party voters (34% - caution: small sample size), moms (18%) and those with children in general (16%).

Just one half agree Ontario is up to an Ebola outbreak

One third of Ontarians disagree the province's health system is prepared for an Ebola outbreak (34%), and just one half agrees it is prepared (48%). One fifth don't know enough to form an opinion (19%). Disagreement is common among the youngest (48%), females (37%), the very wealthy ($80K to $100K - 46%), in Toronto 905 (41%) and northern Ontario (48%), PC voters (43%), moms (47%) and those with college degrees (41%).

Two thirds approve of quarantine for West Africa arrivals

Two thirds of Ontarians agree travelers arriving from West Africa should spend time in quarantine (68%), and just one fifth disagree (20%). One tenth haven't formed an opinion (12%). Approval of quarantine is highest among the older respondents (55 to 64 - 77%, 65+ - 76%), females (74%), the less wealthy ($20K to $40K - 82%), in Toronto 905 (74%), PC voters (78%), moms (76%) and the least educated (82%).

As unlikely as it sounds now, people are genuinely afraid Ebola will travel to Canada, and they are willing to do whatever is necessary to stop it from getting in the door, because they don't really have a lot of faith in the ability of our provincial health system to handle it," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

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