Survey: Americans trust CDC most, Trump least for information about COVID-19

Americans say they trust information on the coronavirus pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the most — and President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE the least — according to a Pew Research Center survey released Monday. 

The majority of respondents to the survey, 64 percent, said the CDC and other public health organizations get the facts right almost or most of the time regarding COVID-19. Only 30 percent said the same about Trump and his administration. 

Fifty-three percent in the poll said their governor or state government gets the facts right about the coronavirus. 


Pew’s survey found that 50 percent of Americans said the same about their “local news media” and 44 percent said so about “the news media in general.” 

Pew’s survey also found partisan divides over the question, with the most stark split regarding Trump and his administration. 

Forty-five points divided Democrats and Republicans regarding views on trusting the president to get the facts right about the outbreak, with 54 percent of Republicans saying Trump gets the facts right and just 9 percent of Democrats saying the same. 

When asked about other officials, the divide was less apparent. Seventy-six percent of Democrats said the CDC and other public health organizations get the facts right, as did 51 percent of Republicans, according to the survey. 

Regarding governors and state governments, 62 percent of Democrats said those officials get the facts right, as did 45 percent of Republicans. 

Republicans were also less likely to voice trust in media organizations. Just 38 percent of Republicans said the local news gets the facts right, and only 25 percent said the general news media gets the facts right. 


Among Democrats, 62 percent said the local news gets the facts right, and 60 percent said the same about the general news media, according to the survey. 

The Trump administration has left control of coronavirus restrictions up to state and local leaders, but the White House did release guidelines regarding metrics states could follow to guide phased reopening plans. 

The White House task force held its first coronavirus briefings since May on Friday, amid spikes across the country, largely in the South and the West. During the briefing, Vice President Pence sought to reassure the public and praised efforts of governors for reopening businesses, downplaying the rising number of infections. 

The Pew Research survey was conducted June 4 to June 10. A total of 9,956 responded out of 11,013 who were sampled. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 1.6 percentage points.