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Broad Support for Federal Swine Flu Preparations

By Ed O'Keefe

Some interesting tidbits in our newest Washington Post-ABC News poll suggest broad confidence in the federal government's ability to manage a possible H1N1/swine flu outbreak later this year.

Most Americans are either "not too" or "not at all" worried about the swine flu hitting home, while most have confidence the government and local health providers will be able to effectively deal with an outbreak, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The new numbers come as several federal agencies joined forces on Wednesday to release new guidelines for businesses to use in the upcoming flu season.

As The Post's Polling Director Jon Cohen reports, nearly three-quarters have confidence the government can respond effectively to a swine flu outbreak in this country; more than eight in 10 say so about their local health agencies. Limited concern about an outbreak does not appear related to the general confidence in the federal government and local hospitals and health agencies to handle the virus, as those who expect high performance are no more or less worried than others.

Review all of the details from the latest Post-ABC News poll here.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 19, 2009; 11:45 AM ET
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