- President Donald Trump relies more on accurate information about the coronavirus pandemic among Republicans (90%) than the CDC (84%), according to a new CBS News / YouGov poll.
- Overall, a majority of Americans (56%) said they didn't trust Trump to get accurate information about the corona virus.
- Trump has repeatedly spread false information about the corona virus and downplayed the threat for weeks.
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Republicans trust President Donald Trump more than the country's leading public health agency for accurate information on the coronavirus pandemic a CBS News / YouGov survey released on Tuesday.
The Americans were asked: Who do you trust and whom do you not trust to give you accurate information about the virus and what to do during the outbreak?
The survey found that 90% of Republicans trust Trump for accurate information, compared to 84% who said the same about Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Republicans said they trusted medical professionals as much as they trusted the president. Meanwhile, only 14% of Democrats said they trusted Trump with the corona virus, while 86% said they didn't trust him.
In comparison, a majority of Americans (56%) said they didn't trust Trump to get accurate information about the corona virus, while 44% said they trusted him. The survey found that 82% of Americans trust the CDC and 88% medical professionals. Although governors like New York's Andrew Cuomo were widely praised for their approach to the pandemic, more Americans said they trusted family and friends (73%) than "their governor" (66%).
A majority of Americans (57%) said they didn't trust the national media to get accurate information about the virus, while 43% said they trusted it.
Trump has repeatedly provided false or misleading information as the coronavirus pandemic escalated (and long before the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic).
Unable to hold the political rallies for which he has become known as President, Trump is now using the daily coronavirus White House press conferences to reach his base. The briefings have been off the rails repeatedly and Trump has attacked reporters while spreading false or potentially dangerous information, for example to announce possible treatment for coronavirus not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The president has also downplayed the corona virus threat for weeks and has been widely criticized by public health experts for his response. Ashish Jha, director of the Global Health Institute at Harvard, recently told insiders that Trump should "stop talking" and allow the experts in his coronavirus task force to take the lead.
Trump has urged the US to reopen the economy this week as the major cities in the U.S. are essentially locked and non-essential businesses are closed. On Tuesday, Trump said he wanted the US to go "rarely" until Easter April 12. Public health experts, including officials on Trump's team such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, however, have warned that making the US normal again could worsen the pandemic here.
The World Health Organization said Tuesday that the United States could potentially become the new epicenter of the pandemic, referring to "very rapid acceleration" of infections. More than 55,000 Coronavirus cases have been reported in all 50 states and in Washington, DC.