Fewer Americans Than Ever Trust Biden to Provide Accurate Information on Covid-19, According to New Poll

US President Joe Biden arrives to speak about the July jobs reports in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 6, 2021. - The US economy added 943,000 new jobs in July, according to government data released on August 6, as hard-hit industries continued to return to normal. The result was shy of the million jobs some economists had been expecting, but enough to push the unemployment rate down a half a point to 5.4 percent, the Labor Department reported. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

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Fewer Americans than ever have faith that President Joe Biden will deliver accurate information about Covid-19, according to a new survey.

Just 45 percent of those contacted said they had “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of faith in Biden to provide accurate information, according to the Axios/Ipsos data published on Tuesday, while 53 percent said they did not have “very much” faith in the president or “none at all.”

The number is a double-digit decline from December when 58 percent said they trusted Biden. And the numbers moved in the same direction across party lines: 81 percent of Democrats said they trusted Biden, a decline of 11 points, while 42 percent of independents said they had faith in him, a decline of 17 points, and 11 percent of Republicans, a drop of 10 points.

The survey suggested the decline came despite public support for Biden’s policy measures on Covid-19. Sixty percent said they believed returning to pre-coronavirus life would be “a large or moderate risk,” while 78 percent said they were “concerned” about the virus. Fifty-five percent said they wanted their employers to require employees to be vaccinated.

However, the numbers do come after numerous revisions by health officials and members of the Biden administration to statements and policy guidelines related to Covid-19. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky advised numerous times over the summer that vaccinated Americans did not need to wear face masks, only for her agency to change its guidance in late July to suggest the opposite.

More prominently, Biden issued an executive order this month requiring large employers to mandate vaccines for their employees — inviting critics to recall his promise in December that he would not impose such a measure. “No, I don’t think it should be mandatory,” he said at the time. “I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory.”

The new survey included 1,105 respondents contacted between Sept. 24-27. The margin of error was 3.2 percentage points.

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