The latest US special poll conducted for ‘The Independent by JL Partners revealed that the majority of Americans, 51%, say they would be confident in getting a coronavirus vaccine. But among supporters of current President Donald Trump, that number dropped as soon as this move was suggested by world-renowned immunologist Anthony Fauci.
Prior to this expert’s recommendation, about 54% of the President’s supporters expressed confidence in a vaccine against Covid-19, but after Fauci’s defense of taking it, this number dropped to 45%. A small majority of voters responded that they are confident and intend to take the vaccine against Covid-19 with 51% saying they are very confident, 8% neutral and 41% not confident or not at all confident.
JL Partners, in charge of polling American voters, was able to validate 1,034 interviews.
In the past few days, Trump and Fauci have again exchanged accusations and innuendoes, fueling a climate of doubt when it comes to fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States.
The president called the scientist a “disaster” this Monday with members of his campaign, stressing that Americans are “tired” of hearing about Covid-19. Trump also claimed, without evidence, that if Fauci, and not him, was responsible for the federal response, half a million Americans would be dead.
The president attacked Fauci insisted, on several occasions in this intervention, that if the scientist had been in charge of this fight against the pandemic, more than 500 thousand Americans would have died.
“Fauci is a disaster. If I listened to him, we would have 500,000 deaths, ”said Trump, on CNN’s antenna.
The National Institutes of Health expert, referring to the event that gave rise to mass contagion at the White House earlier this month to honor Amy Coney Barrett, said he was not surprised that Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump having fallen ill, as few participants wore masks or followed the guidelines for social distance during internal and external ceremonies.
“When I saw this on TV, I just said… Oh my God. Nothing good can get out of here, this is going to be a problem ”, and it ended up being, he retorted, in statements to the CBS News“ 60 Minutes ”program.
Despite the war of words, Fauci and Trump share a defensive stance on how the federal government handled the pandemic.
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