Poll: 77 percent of voters trust CDC over White House on reporting coronavirus data

A majority of voters trust the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than the White House when it comes to accurately reporting coronavirus data, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Seventy-seven percent of registered voters in the July 17-20 survey said they trust the CDC more to accurately report data on COVID-19.

By contrast, 23 percent said they trust the White House more.

The poll found over 9 in 10 Democratic voters trust the CDC more on the issue, along with 77 percent of independent voters and 59 percent of Republican voters.

Roughly 4 in 10 Republicans said they trust the White House more to accurately report coronavirus data over the CDC.

By contrast, 23 percent of independents and just 7 percent of Democrats agreed.

The survey follows a recent Trump administration policy that requires hospitals to bypass the CDC and report coronavirus data to the Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS).

Public health groups have criticized the move, fearing the transparency of the data will be jeopardized.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 2,829 registered voters between July 17 and 20. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.84 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte