Only 34 Percent of Americans Say Trump Is Truthful About COVID: Poll

Only just over one-third of American adults believe President Donald Trump is honest in his public comments about the novel coronavirus, according to recent polling data. A survey conducted by Reuters and Ipsos showed 34 percent of respondents feel Trump has relayed truthful information about the respiratory illness, while 55 percent say he has not. Another 11 percent of individuals surveyed were unsure.

Results of the Reuters-Ipsos poll, which collected responses from 1,005 U.S. adults, about 60 percent of whom are likely voters, were released Sunday morning. Participants shared responses online on Friday and Saturday, after announcements that the president and first lady had tested positive for COVID-19. Trump announced their diagnoses in a message shared to Twitter early Friday morning, following an initial tweet that noted Hope Hicks, former White House communications director and current adviser to the president, had contracted the disease.

Trump's physician, Sean Conley, originally said the president and Melania Trump planned to quarantine at the White House, but later confirmed the president's transfer to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, "for further monitoring."

"This evening I am happy to report that the President is doing very well. He is not requiring any supplemental oxygen, but in consultation with specialists we have elected to initiate Remdesivir therapy," Conley said in an update released by the White House on Friday evening. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved Remdesivir, an antiviral drug, for widespread use as a COVID-19 treatment method. However, the drug did receive FDA clearance for emergency use this past May.

In a video recorded at Walter Reed and posted to social media on Saturday, Trump told viewers he was "feeling much better" since his admission to the hospital. Still, at 74 years old, the president's risk of developing more serious health complications from COVID-19 is higher than it would be for others.

"I came here, wasn't feeling so well. I feel much better now," Trump said in the video, recorded from the Maryland military hospital. "We're working hard to get me all the way back...I'll be back, I think I'll be back soon."

Trump's diagnosis followed months of controversial, and widely criticized, statements from the president about COVID-19 and ways to treat it. After notoriously referring to the virus outbreak as a "hoax" near the onset of the global pandemic, he went on to tout the effectiveness of anti-malaria medication hydroxychloroquine as a treatment approach despite an absence of scientific evidence to support his claims. A recent study that analyzed Trump's claims throughout the pandemic suggested he was the most significant source of COVID-19 misinformation throughout the outbreak.

The president was not seen wearing a face covering in public until July, even as leading public health authorities recommended everyone wear masks to reduce virus transmission and numerous government officials effected state and local orders that required people to wear them. He frequently appears at crowded rallies as part of his re-election campaign, where attendees are often pictured standing shoulder to shoulder without face masks.

During the first presidential debate last week, Trump said he thinks "masks are OK," but he mocked Democratic rival Joe Biden's use of them.

"When needed, I wear masks. I don't wear masks like him," Trump said of Biden. "Every time you see him, he's got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from them, and he shows up with the biggest mask I've ever seen."

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US President Donald Trump walks from Marine One after arriving on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, October 1, 2020, following campaign events in New Jersey. - White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on October 1, 2020, that he was optimistic about a rapid recovery for the president as he confirmed that Trump has "mild symptoms" after testing positive for Covid-19. "The president and the First Lady... remain in good spirits," Meadows told reporters. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images/Getty