November 10th, 2009
05:00 AM ET
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CNN Poll: Americans losing confidence in battle against H1N1

Washington (CNN) - Americans are starting to lose confidence in the government's ability to prevent a nationwide epidemic of the H1N1 flu, according to a new national poll.

But the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released Tuesday morning, indicates that a small majority continue to say that the government and private industry will eventually produce enough swine flu vaccine to inoculate everyone who wants it.

According to the poll, 51 percent of those questioned are confident in the government's ability to prevent an H1N1 epidemic, with 49 percent not confident. The number of Americans who are confident is down 8 points from August, while those not confident are up 9 points.

"Only one in 10 say they are 'very confident' that the government can ward off an epidemic," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But the growing doubts may not be directly related to the shortfall of vaccine so far."

The survey suggests that 53 percent say that government and private industry can produce enough vaccine for everyone who wants a swine flue shot. That number is essentially unchanged since August.

The poll indicates that one group in particular is skeptical about the government's efforts to battle swine flu.

"Only 43 percent of mothers with children under the age of 18 are confident in the government's ability to prevent an epidemic," says Holland. "That's 7 points lower than fathers and 10 points lower than people who don't have young children. Mothers are also most likely to think that there will not be enough vaccine to go around."

According to the poll, 57 percent approve of how President Barack Obama's handling the government's response to H1N1, with 4 in 10 saying they disapprove.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted October 30-November 1, with 1,018 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the overall sample.

Federal health officials report that the swine flu is still widespread in 48 states, but add that the supply of vaccine has reached 32 million doses, double what was available two weeks ago.

Full results (pdf)

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. So why would you want.....

    government health care??????

    November 10, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  2. mike

    cut me a break i just took a survey and found 99 percent of americans
    cannot find the time to take a survey so I guess you are full of crap

    November 10, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. Enough

    And these same people think the government can take over their health care??? Wake up people this is your first sign of what a disaster our health care will become if the government gets involved at all. Reform the insurance companies and keep the government out of trying to become OUR only health care provider. Once they screw it up, there is NO turning back.

    November 10, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Let me modify my input --

    Americans want it all and they want it all NOW !! But they don't want to be taxed to pay for it.

    The constant rumblings of lower taxes will ruin this country. The wealthy still have their tax cuts in place, they"re supposed to create jobs, but IT IS NOT TRICKLING DOWN.

    November 10, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. Johnny DC


    H1N1 is no different than other flu epidemics. They happen every year at the same time.

    People will get it, the vast majority will survive, the very few will not. It's called Darwinism, and it exists in more places than flu health. What's next, a "crisis" to address bad driving? Alcoholism? Heart disease?

    November 10, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  6. File under "Sarcasm"

    "A day late and a dollar short" and we're ready to turn our nation's healthcare over to this same government bureaurcracy. What kind of idiots are we?

    November 10, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. Mark

    The government is in charge of distribution of the vaccine. Why did the fat cat bankers on Wall Street get the vaccine before children and high risk medical workers?

    Is this a look into the future of medical care in the United States if obamacare passes?

    November 10, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. Jenn, Philadelphia

    You mean because they promised 40 million doses and only delivered 12 million, because they were giving it to everybody before the high risk groups and because they've totally mismanaged this, the people have no confidence? What a surprise? And yet, everyone seems to think it's okay to let the government control the entire health care system. That's what I don't understand.

    November 10, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. mike

    I just threw out my last roll of duck tape when the bush idiots told us
    that we were going to get attacked with a dirty bomb if I just had the
    stock in duck tape and plastic rolls I would have been rich person
    and not care about H1N1 because I would have had the vaccine
    remember we just LOVE to live in fear

    November 10, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. yuri

    The CDC, we are told, still is mired w/ old, antiquated methods of manufacturing vaccines. This ante-deluvian attitude needs apathy from the scientists, who, then, should seek better and bolder measures of making newer vaccines without vascillations.

    November 10, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. Emma

    These same voters are the ones who disregarded the early warning from the CDC about his possible pandemic. No one believed there could be a pandemic here in the country, after all it started in a third world country. Now that Americans, especially children and pregnant women are dying, the reality of the situation has finally seeped into their brains.

    Now they want to blame the government. We still have parents who are refusing to have their kids innoculated. Where is the outcry for derelict parents who think the vaccine is not safe.

    Get a grip America. It is your fault, not the government who has failed us, it is you with your backward thinking.

    November 10, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Tre'

    And yet they have confidence in the governments ability to control healthcare?

    Go ahead CNN, don't post this because it disagrees with your viewpoint.

    November 10, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. Scott, Tucson

    It's just a another strain of the FLU people and thousands of people die from it every year. The only difference this time is that the Dem's are trying to make political hay with this one.

    What ever became of the bird flu that was suppose to nearly wipe out humanity just a couple years ago and others before that? We're still here as will most of us would be this time next year and then we would have yet another humanity threatening strain of a flu bug to deal with in 2010.

    November 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. ggb

    Working for a biotech company supplying hardware for the vaccine production, I found it interesting to learn from a customer that they had an innovative capability to produce H1N1 vaccine and our fed government has been sitting on this application since they submitted it last February. They feel there was no need for a vaccine shortage. Makes you wonder if the boy in the WH wanted to play hero to a pandemic scare.

    November 10, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. Dean

    And you want this same government to be in charge of ALL your health care needs???????

    November 10, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. felicia

    Here you go again cnn your news network cater right to how fox news act. The government has no control on how the h1n1 flu spread it is not their fault. I'm really starting to hate cnn news.

    November 10, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. jules sand-perkins

    A person I knew died of this flu 2 days ago. She had a previous condition that made her weaker, but vaccine would have prevented her death.
    She probably DID wash her hands, but that didn't do the trick.

    November 10, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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