Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

U.S. Poll Shows Waning Concern about Avian Flu

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

U.S. Poll Shows Waning Concern about Avian Flu

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Only 27 percent of Americans describe themselves as concerned about avian influenza, down from 35 percent last year, according to a national survey.

In an Associated Press-Ipsos Public Affairs poll released on July 2, 2007, 41 percent of respondents said they were not concerned about avian flu, an increase from 31 percent last year. Another 34 percent--the same as last year--said they were moderately concerned.

Only 15 percent of respondents said they were concerned that they or someone in their household would get sick, compared with 24 percent last year, according to the survey. The survey questions used the terms "bird flu" and "avian flu," but not "pandemic flu."

In a press release on the survey, Ipsos said the apparent drop in Americans' concern over avian flu coincides with reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) that the number of human H5N1 flu cases appears to have stabilized over the past year. Through mid-June, WHO had confirmed 50 human cases in 2007, compared with 115 for all of 2006, Ipsos said.

Recall of news coverage about avian flu has also declined, the survey indicated. The number of Americans who say they have read, heard, or seen at least some coverage of bird flu is 56 percent, down from 74 percent in 2006.

Most respondents (62 percent) thought U.S. government leaders were giving enough attention to avian flu, up from 45 percent 2006. Only 32 percent thought the government should be directing more attention to the problem, down from 42 percent last year. …

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