Poll: Nearly two thirds say politics Influenced Fauci’s decisions regarding the pandemic

According to a new Rasmussen Poll, 65% of voters believe political considerations have influenced Fauci’s decisions and public statements about the pandemic.

A mere 11% believe Fauci’s decisions and statements about the pandemic have NOT been influenced at all by political considerations.

Per Newsmax, other findings:

  • Fifty-four percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, including 34% who have a very favorable view of him. However, that approval is down from 68% and 42%, respectively, from a poll conducted last May.
  • Forty percent say that over the past year they have become less confident in Fauci’s recommendations about the coronavirus, while 28% are more confident in his  recommendations and another  28% say their level of confidence is unchanged.
  • Among Democrats, 79% view Fauci favorably, compared to 49% of unaffiliated voters and  32% of Republicans.
  • Among Republicans, 61% say they have become less confident in Fauci’s recommendations over the past year, a view shared by 41% of unaffiliated voters and 19% of Democrats. Forty-three percent of Democrats say they have become more confident in Fauci’s recommendations over the past year, a view shared by 20% of unaffiliated voters and 17% of Republicans.
  • Republicans (55%) are more likely than unaffiliated voters (34%) or Democrats (29%) to believe political considerations have had much influence on Fauci’s decisions.
  • Among black voters, 66% have a favorable view of Fauci, more than for other minorities (56%) or whites (51%).
  • Among voters who have a very unfavorable impression of Fauci, 79% believe politics had much influence on his decisions, while among those who have a very favorable impression of him, only 22% say political considerations had much influence on the doctor’s decisions concerning the pandemic.