Sixty-seven percent of Americans said they had a great deal or a fair amount of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in September, down from 83 percent in April. Likewise, 68 percent said they trusted Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in September, while 78 percent said they trusted him in April. Republicans grew far more distrustful of the CDC and Fauci as the pandemic continued than Democrats or independents did.

Source: Liz Hamel et al., “KFF Health Tracking Poll — September 2020: Top Issues in 2020 Election, The Role of Misinformation, and Views on A Potential Coronavirus Vaccine,” Kaiser Family Foundation, Sept. 10, 2020, figure 16,

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Political Affiliation Percent Who Trust CDC, April Percent Who Trust CDC, September Percent Who Trust Dr. Anthony Fauci, April Percent Who Trust Dr. Anthony Fauci, September
All Americans 83% 67% 78% 68%
Democrats 86% 74% 80% 86%
Independents 81% 70% 76% 71%
Republicans 90% 60% 77% 48%

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