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74 Percent Of Most Americans Support More Zika Funding

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Seventy-four percent of Americans support more funding to fight the Zika virus, a study revealed Tuesday.

Congress is set to vote Tuesday on a new measure that would enable $1.1 billion in federal funding to help combat the virus through anti-mosquito and other efforts. The bill includes the same wording as the two prior bills that were voted down by Democrats, most recently in June.

Seventy-Four percent of Americans support federal funding for Zika efforts. Eighty-six percent of Democrats, 65 percent of Republicans, and 61 percent of Independent voters support the bill, according to a March of Dimes study.

Democrats voted down the bill in July, claiming that the funding would weaken Obamacare, put new restrictions on Planned Parenthood, and not meet the expectations set by the Obama admistration.

Following the decision to kill the funding measure, Congressional approval ratings concerning Zika dropped to 11 percent, and only 24 percent of Americans now think that Congress could handle a national outbreak. President Barack Obama doesn’t have much higher numbers, with only 25 percent of Americans approving of his handling of the Zika pandemic.

The poll was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago on behalf of the March for Dimes organization. The survey ran from Aug. 23 through Aug. 28. The survey polled 2,379 individuals, 2,106 in an online poll. The poll carried a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points in either direction.

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