- The Americans trust Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert, and New York governor Andrew Cuomo do the most when it comes to official guidelines on the COVID 19 outbreak, a new insider survey shows.
- We asked respondents: "When it comes to the official advice on coronavirus, please rate how much you trust the following messenger, on a scale of 1 to 5."
- Fauci and Cuomo received the best grades, President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin the lowest averages.
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The Americans trust Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert, and New York governor Andrew Cuomo do the most to get official information and guidance on the COVID-19 outbreak, a new insider poll shows.
Insiders asked the survey participants to rate ten high-ranking officials and governors of the Trump administration regarding their trustworthiness.
We asked respondents: "When it comes to the official advice on coronavirus, please rate how much you trust the following messenger, on a scale of 1 to 5."
According to our survey, 1 means strong distrust, 2 means somewhat distrust, 3 neither trust nor distrust, 4 means some trust and 5 means strong trust. Participants were asked to mark "NA" if they were unfamiliar with the person.
Fauci and Cuomo received the best grades, President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin the lowest:
- The respondents gave Dr. Fauci an average score of 3.84 out of 5 for trustworthiness. A full 40% gave it a top grade of 5, which is almost double Overall, 86% of the person with the next highest rating gave a 3 or higher, which is far higher than that of all others.
- Cuomo received an average score of 3.29 of 5 points. Three quarters of the respondents gave Cuomo a score of 3 or higher, and 22% gave it 5 out of 5 points.
- The global health ambassador Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the Coronavirus Task Force, received a score of 3.14 out of 5. About three out of four respondents gave Birx a score of three or higher.
- California Governor Gavin Newsom received an average score of 2.97 Almost 5 percent of the respondents gave Newsom a score of 3 or higher.
- Former Vice President and likely Democratic candidate for 2020, Joe Biden, received an average score of 2.76 out of 31 about 31% of the respondents rated Biden with 4 or 5, 27% with 3 out of 5 and 42% with 1 or 2.
- Vice President Mike Pence was rated a 2.65 out of 5 on average for trustworthiness. About a third of the respondents rated it 1.
- The Minister of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, was assessed 2.62 out for 5.
- President Donald Trump was scored 2.56 out of an average of 5. 44% of respondents rate Trump with 1 out of 5 points, compared to 20% who rated him 5 out of 5 points. The largest group of people – 55% – rated Trump with 1 or 2 points.
- Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin received the lowest score among the 10 officials 2.52 with an average of 5
Dr. Fauci, a legendary public health figure and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has served in various roles among six presidents since 1984 and was one of the leading doctors on the front lines of the AIDS crisis.
Fauci has consistently been one of the most public and trustworthy voices in the coronavirus crisis – often in contradiction to the more optimistic White House news.
But Fauci's blunt explanation of the rigorous scientific facts, calm but factual behavior and subtle sense of humor in both White House briefings and Congress hearings have received rave reviews from the public and made him a household name.
And while Cuomo was previously seen as a somewhat controversial figure in New York politics, best known for his incessant feuds with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, respondents felt they were up to the occasion during the current crisis.
As governor of one of the hardest hit states, Cuomo was rewarded with business closures and social distance for massively expanding test capacity in New York and aggressively fighting the virus. and his daily PowerPoint talks to the New Yorkers in his press conferences.
SurveyMonkey Audience surveys from a national sample that is balanced using age and gender census data. Respondents are given an incentive to complete surveys through donations to charity. In general, digital surveys tend to target people with Internet access. SurveyMonkey Audience does not attempt to weigh the sample by race or income. On March 25, 2020, a total of 1,136 respondents were collected, which corresponds to an error rate of plus or minus 3 percentage points with a confidence level of 95%.