Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Poll: Anthony Fauci Is Preferred Source for COVID-19 Information

A new Morning Consult/Politico poll found the greatest share of voters (76 percent) are satisfied with the quality of information they’ve seen about the ongoing pandemic from Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a recurring figure at the White House coronavirus task force briefings, while 45 percent are satisfied with information from Trump.

Dr. Anthony Fauci
Information delivered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local news and the nation’s governors is also satiating the public’s appetite for quality information in a bipartisan way, while Trump and Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are largely only pleasing voters from their respective sides of the aisle.

The early evening briefings — featuring a varied cast of White House advisers and health, law enforcement and military officials as well as members of the business community — have gripped the attention of the press, and have been likened by some to “mini-Trump rallies” for their meandering and lengthy nature and frequent attacks on the press.

Capito, at the Capitol this week for a pro-forma session of the Senate, told reporters Trump’s briefings can go “off the rails a little bit,” and said the president would be better served by a “consistent message” led by health professionals such as Fauci in the briefings, which are attracting large audiences.

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