Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Who Do You Believe about the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Nearly half of the American public (49 percent) has "a lot" of trust in Dr. Anthony Fauci to provide accurate information about the coronavirus pandemic, according to the PRRI 2020 American Values Survey. The only other source that garners slightly more trust (51 percent) is university research centers. Just 14 percent of the public has a lot of trust in Donald Trump to provide accurate information about the pandemic. But there are big differences in trust by political ideology. Here are the percentages with "a lot" of trust in each source...

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci: 73 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of Republicans 
  • University research centers: 65 percent of Democrats and 37 percent of Republicans
  • State and local health organizations: 60 percent of Democrats and 24 percent of Republicans
  • Joe Biden: 58 percent of Democrats and 4 percent of Republicans
  • CDC: 57 percent of Democrats and 40 percent of Republicans
  • Donald Trump: 1 percent of Democrats and 39 percent of Republicans

Republicans who say Fox News is their most trusted source of television news are much more likely to trust Donald Trump to keep them informed about the pandemic. Fully 58 percent of Fox News Republicans, as PRRI calls them, have a lot of trust in Donald Trump as a source of information about coronavirus. In fact, Donald Trump is their most trusted source—far ahead of university research centers (32 percent), Dr. Fauci (23 percent), and state and local health organizations (15 percent). 

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