Online poll: Fauci, Cuomo most trusted leaders on coronavirus

Online poll: Fauci, Cuomo most trusted leaders on coronavirus
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSocial distancing works, but resistance prompts worries of growing crisis 13 things to know for today about coronavirus Pandemic shows need for universal health care, says Social Security advocate MORE are the two most trusted Americans when it comes to information about the coronavirus outbreak, according to an online poll.

The Business Insider poll conducted this week found that Fauci and Cuomo scored first and second, respectively, on a list of U.S. leaders among adults who were asked to rate each figure on a scale of one to five, with five being total trust in the person's words.

Fauci scored a 3.84 out of five, according to Business Insider, with 40 percent of respondents rating him a perfect five. That percentage was twice as high for Fauci as it was for Cuomo, the second-most trusted U.S. figure. More than 86 percent of U.S. respondents rated Fauci a three or higher.


Cuomo scored an average 3.29 out of five for trustworthiness, with at least 75 percent of Americans rating him a three or higher and more than a fifth (22 percent) rating him a five out of five.

The two men scored much higher than President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE, who scored an average of 2.59 in the poll, according to Business Insider, with 44 percent of respondents rating the president just one out of five. More than half of respondents (55 percent) rated Trump a one or a two.

Fauci currently serves as a member of the White House coronavirus task force headed by Vice President Pence and has appeared at several White House press briefings, while Cuomo has made efforts to give daily briefings on the spread of the virus in New York in recent days.

The Business Insider poll was conducted by SurveyMonkey among 1,136 respondents on March 25. The margin of error was 3 percentage points.