Republicans Trust Donald Trump More Than The CDC for Medical Information, Poll Shows

Republicans in America trust President Donald Trump more than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for medical information pertaining to the coronavirus, according to a new poll.

The poll, which was conducted by CBS News, asked 2,025 U.S. residents whom they trusted for specific medical information about the outbreak. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

According to the survey, 80 percent of Republicans trust Trump for coronavirus information, compared with 74 percent naming the CDC as their trusted source. Among Republicans, "medical professionals" scored the highest percentage of trust, at 85 percent.

Of the remaining Republicans, 20 percent said they don't trust Trump, 26 percent said they don't trust the CDC, and 15 percent said they don't trust medical professionals.

These percentages change drastically for Democrats. According to the poll, only 9 percent of Democrats trust Trump for coronavirus information, while 86 percent named the CDC as their trusted source. As with the Republicans, medical professionals scored highest, with 92 percent of Democrats choosing them as their trusted source for coronavirus information.

Of the remaining Democrats, 91 percent said they do not trust Trump for coronavirus information, 14 percent don't trust the CDC, and only 8 percent don't trust medical professionals.

Among Americans overall, regardless of political party affiliation, 86 percent trust medical professionals, 78 percent trust the CDC, and 37 percent trust Trump. On the other hand, the poll also shows that, among Americans overall, 63 percent don't trust Trump for medical information, 22 percent don't trust the CDC, and 14 percent do not trust medical professionals.

The poll also asked American citizens if they felt that Trump was doing a good or bad job in handling the coronavirus outbreak, while showing how these percentages have changed over the past week.

According to the poll, 47 percent of citizens believe Trump is doing a good job handling the outbreak, a 4 point decrease from 51 percent the previous week.

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President Donald Trump holds a press briefing with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on April 5. Getty

The poll showed a 3-point increase in those saying that Trump was doing a bad job handling the outbreak, from 49 percent the previous week to 52 percent.

These percentages changed drastically when considering political party affiliation. The poll showed that 15 percent of Democrats believe Trump is doing a good job with the pandemic, while 85 percent said he is doing badly.

By comparison, 87 percent of Republicans believe the president is doing a good job handling the outbreak, while 12 percent answered the opposite. The remaining 1 percent was not reported in the poll.

The novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19, continues to spread throughout the U.S., which has become the pandemic's epicenter. According to a Johns Hopkins University tracker, the nation has over 486,900 confirmed cases and at least 18,022 deaths.

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