Public trust remains high in vaccines but declines for Fauci, poll says

Public trust remains high in vaccines but declines for Fauci, poll says

Public trust in the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines has increased — but trust in Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, has declined, a new poll shows. Despite vaccination rates lagging, 78 percent of Americans said they believe it is “definitely or probably true” that the shots are effective in preventing the coronavirus — up from 74 percent in April, according to the Annenberg Science Knowledge survey released this week. In addition, 76 percent of the public believes it is “definitely or probably true” that it’s safer to get the vaccine than to become ill from COVID. The number of people who say is “definitely true” grew to 54 percent from 49 percent in April. But while trust in the actual jabs has improved, trust in Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has led the response to the pandemic, has declined — although it remains high. Sixty-eight percent of Americans said they are “confident” in the advice given by Fauci — down from the 71 percent who said so in April, …
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