Majority of Americans report no confidence in Trump when it comes to safety of COVID-19 vaccine

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Monday, September 21, 2020
Majority of Americans report no confidence in Trump to confirm vaccine safety, effectiveness: POLL
A new ABC News poll shows Americans do not trust President Trump to confirm the safety of a COVID-19 vaccine.

WASHINGTON -- A poll released Sunday by ABC News/Ipsos shows the majority of Americans do not trust President Donald Trump to confirm the safety of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.

A total of 69 percent of people surveyed did not trust the president to vouch for the safety of a vaccine. Sixteen percent of those said their confidence level was "not so much;" while 53 percent said it was "none at all."

Only 9 percent of respondents reported having a great deal of confidence in Trump, with another 18 percent having a good amount of confidence.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden performed better than Trump on the question of confirming a vaccine's safety and effectiveness, but still received net negative results, with 41% expressing confidence and 52% a lack of confidence.

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Meanwhile the poll found that health experts and public health organization all fared better than Trump or Biden: 62 percent had confidence in Dr. Anthony Fauci, 61 percent had confidence in the CDC, 57 percent had confidence in the Food and Drug Administration, 53 percent had confidence in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and 53 percent had confidence in the World Health Organization.

Last week, President Trump again contradicted his own health advisors when talking about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump called the Centers for Disease Control director "confused," about the effectiveness of masks in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Trump also continued to peg the completion and delivery of an effective vaccine earlier than CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield and other health leaders in the federal government, who say it will take until the second half of 2021 to deliver the vaccine to most Americans. Trump said he expects it to happen in early to mid 2021.

The ABC News poll also found a significant drop in the percentage of Americans who are likely to get the vaccine when it is available. That decrease is driven mainly by skepticism among Republicans.

In May, the poll found 75% of Republicans were likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The most recent poll found only 50% support among Republicans.

This ABC News/Ipsos poll was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs' KnowledgePanel Sept. 18-19, 2020, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 528 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of 4.9 points, including the design effect. Partisan divisions are 31-25-38 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents. See the poll's topline results and details on the methodology here.