New Poll Shows 61 Percent of Republicans Say Dr. Anthony Fauci ‘Hurt America’


Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images

A substantial majority of Republicans say that Dr. Anthony Fauci “hurt America” more than he helped it during the coronavirus pandemic.

A new Yahoo! News/YouGov poll asked respondents to assess the impact of Dr. Fauci’s tenure as the lead infectious disease expert on coronavirus task forces under both the Trump and Biden administrations.

Respondents were asked “Which comes closest to your view of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s impact during the pandemic?”, and given the choice of answering that “Fauci helped America more than he hurt America,” that “Fauci hurt America more than helped America,” or “not sure.”

Among all respondents, 46 percent said Fauci helped more than he hurt, with 30 percent saying he “hurt America” and 24 percent saying they weren’t sure.

But among Republicans, double the number of respondents — 61 percent — said Fauci hurt America, with another 18 percent unsure, and only 22 percent saying Fauci helped. Among Trump voters, an even higher 71 percent said Fauci hurt America.

Among unvaccinated people, only 22 percent said Fauci helped, with 43 percent saying he hurt America and 35 percent unsure.

The poll also showed vaccine resistance remains roughly consistent with other polls, with 20 percent of respondents saying they will “never” take the Covid shot or shots.

While 57 percent of respondents to the poll said they had already been vaccinated, those who said they would “never” get the vaccine make up 48 percent of the respondents who have not yet been vaccinated. Another 12 percent plan to get vaccinated as soon as they can, 20 percent say they’ll wait to see what happens to others, and 20 percent are “not sure.”

The threshold for achieving “herd immunity” is thought to be around 80 percent.

Have a tip we should know?

Filed Under: