Majority of Americans no longer trust Joe Biden on Covid-19: poll

A new poll shows that less than half of the American people trust Joe Biden’s Covid-19 rhetoric – for the first time in his presidency, he has a trust deficit. 

“He won on COVID, he surfed the first six months on COVID, but he’s being challenged by it now because there’s not a clear resolution in sight,” said Cliff Young, president of Ipsos U.S. public affairs.

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Only 45% of poll respondents said they trust Biden to provide accurate information on Covid a “great deal” or a “fair amount,” following a downward trend in the public’s trust in the president since a high at nearly 60% in January.

When Biden took office, there was already a vaccine available, and the polling responses show that people were relieved, enthusiastic, and hopeful. The poll response patterns show an overall downward trend over time, but did not take a nosedive until the most recent poll in September. 

53% of those polled said they have little or no trust in Biden. The decline happened across the board, with a net drop of 11 percentage points among Democrats, 17 points with independents, and 10 points with Republicans.

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The most recent September survey shows 81% of Democrats trust Biden on COVID, while only 42% of independents and 11% of Republicans say the same thing.

The poll also shows that Americans are feeling less fearful about living their lives and doing normal activities. Last year, 51% felt comfortable letting their children Trick-or-Treat, while this year, 68% say the same. A majority, 60%, also say they feel Trick-or-Treating within their community carries little to no risk. 

The decline in trust is also showing up in people’s responses with respect to both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state governments. Public trust in the CDC is now at 64%, and only 50% for state governments. Trust in the federal government has remained roughly the same throughout Biden’s presidency and sits higher than during Trump’s presidency.

Americans are expressing distrust for the media’s Covid information as well, with a majority distrusting network news, national newspapers, cable news, and conservative news outlets.

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The poll was conducted by Axios/Ipsos. Responses to the most recent survey were taken from September 24-27 by Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel®, and is based on a nationally representative probability sample of 1,105 general population adults (age 18 or older).The margin of sampling error is ±3.2 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.