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Fauci, Cuomo Top Trump as Reliable Sources on COVID-19: Survey

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- 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.

More information

For more on COVID-19, head to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCE:University of Southern California, news release, Aug. 5, 2020

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