Fewer Republicans trust doctor's advice: Gallup

A new survey shows that Republicans are increasingly less likely to trust advice from their doctors.

The Gallup poll found that 60 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents said they are confident in the accuracy of important medical advice from their doctor. 

The results mark a drop of 13 percentage points from 2010, Gallup noted. 

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Among Democrats and Democratic leaners in the poll, 71 percent are currently confident in the advice from their doctors, compared to 68 percent in 2010.

Thirty-nine percent of Republicans and Republican-leaners surveyed said in the new poll that they "usually feel it is necessary to check for second opinions or do [their] own research on the subject," and 28 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaners agreed.

Among all U.S. adults, regardless of party, 64 percent said they are confident in the accuracy of their doctor's advice, and 35 percent said they usually feel the need to check for second opinions or do their own research.

These results came from Gallup's annual Health and Healthcare survey, which was conducted between Nov. 1 and Nov. 16. It included a random sample of 815 adults and has a margin of sampling error of 4 percentage points.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has infected over 48 million Americans and the global health crisis continues, Republicans are more likely to be unvaccinated and say they have no intention of getting vaccinated, Gallup noted. Republicans are also less likely to wear face masks in public or to take part in strict social distancing, the survey giant added.