Americans are worried about the coronavirus, and they don’t trust the information that the Trump administration is giving them about it.
Sixty percent of Americans said they were somewhat or very worried about exposure to coronavirus, including 73% of Democrats, 64% of independents, and just 42% of Republicans, a poll published by Gallup on Monday found.
That’s a radical shift from where things stood just a month ago, when a similar number of Republicans (30%) and Democrats (26%) said they were at least somewhat worried about the virus.
Fifty-four percent of Republicans, meanwhile, think the coronavirus threat is blown out of proportion, according to a separate poll released by NPR on Tuesday, as opposed to 56% of overall respondents who think it’s a real threat.
Americans don’t trust Trump’s leadership on coronavirus
In the NPR poll, the numbers for the administration are even worse. While 74% of Republicans trust what the president is saying about the coronavirus at least a “good amount,” just 37% of Americans overall do. (Notably, both polls were taken prior to Trump’s remarkable shift in tone on Monday, when he acknowledged that the public health crisis could last for several months.)
Trust in the government’s ability to handle the coronavirus outbreak has slid substantially, from 77% to 61%. That’s largely been driven by a 32-point drop among Democrats and 13-point drop among independents over the past month, the Gallup poll found. Republicans, meanwhile, remain virtually unchanged: 85% of GOPers expressed confidence in the government, as opposed to 86%.