Trust in Fauci, federal health agencies strong: poll

Trust in Fauci, federal health agencies strong: poll
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Public trust in Anthony FauciAnthony FauciApproval by Halloween to vaccinate kids could offer a truly thankful Thanksgiving season Trump on what would prevent 2024 bid: 'I guess a bad call from a doctor' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Indivior — CDC panel approves boosters for some, but not based on jobs MORE and the nation's federal health officials is high more than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll. 

A survey released this week by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania found 76 percent of respondents said they were "somewhat or very confident" in the veracity of information about the coronavirus coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its leaders.

At the same time, 68 percent said they believed Fauci, a member of former President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE's coronavirus task force and a top adviser to President BidenJoe BidenFord to bolster electric vehicle production in multi-billion dollar push Protesters demonstrate outside Manchin's houseboat over opposition to reconciliation package Alabama eyes using pandemic relief funds on prison system MORE on the pandemic, has provided trustworthy advice. 

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A total of 77 percent also expressed confidence in the information being put forth by the Food and Drug Administration about vaccines and vaccine science. 

The poll, first reported by The New York Times, found the highest level of confidence among respondents in personal primary care doctors, with 83 percent saying they trust them most to help them navigate the pandemic. 

Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease doctor, has been the subject of attacks from Republicans on Capitol Hill and in conservative media since the pandemic began over lockdown measures, mask mandates and the virus's origins. 

On Tuesday, he offered a scathing rebuke to a line of questioning during a hearing from Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 White House debates vaccines for air travel Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken MORE (R-Ky.), who was raising concerns about the National Institutes of Health playing a role in funding controversial research in Wuhan, China.

“Senator Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, and I want to say that officially,” Fauci said. 

The poll was conducted June 2-22 among 1,719 adults and has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.