WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2020 — Despite facing continued criticism from the Trump administration, Dr. Anthony Fauci is still the considered best source for COVID-19 information, an online poll finds.
A growing number of Americans say federal, state and local governments are doing a poor job of responding to the coronavirus pandemic — and a shrinking number see President Donald Trump as a reliable information source.
The survey was conducted June 19-26 by the University of Southern California’s Center for the Digital Future as a follow-up to an April study. The new findings revealed 44% of Americans rely on Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, more than anyone else.
After Fauci, people rely on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (19%); CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta or their local mayor (16%); and coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx (15%).
In the June survey, 12% of Americans trusted Trump for reliable pandemic information, down from 20% in April.
Two percent of liberals and 29% of conservatives said they relied on the president, though he was tops among 40% who identified themselves as very conservative.
Fewer had faith in any governmental response to the pandemic.
Forty-three percent said the federal response was poor — up from 39% in April. Eighteen percent called state and local response poor in June — up from 14% in April.
In all, 28% called the federal government’s response good or excellent — down from 33% in April.
More than 1,000 people participated in the online poll. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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Posted: August 2020