The public is losing faith in President Joe Biden’s ability to provide accurate information about the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll.
Just 45% trust Biden on information about COVID-19 a great deal or a fair amount, compared to 53% who trust the president very little or not at all, the latest Axios/Ipsos coronavirus index survey found.
When Biden took office in January, the poll found that 58% trusted him to provide accurate information on the pandemic.
The poll shows that trust in Biden has been in a steady decline since late May. The erosion may have been hastened by Biden’s recent decision to enact vaccine mandates for federal government employees and workers in private companies. That’s a reversal from last December, when Biden said that he wouldn’t demand that COVID-19 vaccines be mandatory.
Trust has also declined in the federal government to relay accurate information on COVID-19, with 49% now saying they trust the federal government. That’s down from 54% two weeks ago. But trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remains high, with over 6 in 10 saying they trust the CDC to provide valid information on the pandemic.
The public is also less likely to view socializing as a large risk to their health. Only 13% said gathering with friends and family poses a large risk to their health, compared to 40% who said so in early January.
The number of those who view letting children trick-or-treat during Halloween as risky has also dropped, from 25% last year to 13% now.
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Original Author: David Hogberg
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