Again, that confidence is largely bipartisan, with 54 percent of Republicans and 76 percent of Democrats expressing confidence.
Even as people are confident in the federal government's ability to handle Ebola, though, that doesn't extend to President Obama. Just 28 percent of Republicans approve of his personal response, along with 55 percent of Democrats and 40 percent of independents.
Given that the Ebola outbreak, which is so far limited to Texas and only a handful of people, is a moving story, these numbers could and will change. But so far, Americans largely see the federal government as capable of responding effectively, even as they have little faith in it to carry out its duties more generally.