Nearly three-quarters of voters for former President Donald Trump say President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci "hurt America" more than he helped during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new poll showed.
A Yahoo! News/YouGov survey posted by Mediaite Thursday showed among all respondents, 46% said Fauci — the lead infectious disease expert on coronavirus task forces under both the Trump and Biden administrations — "helped America more than he hurt America," 30% said the opposite and 24% weren't sure.
Among GOP respondents, 61% said Fauci hurt America, while 22% said he helped and 18% were unsure.
Among Trump voters, 71% said Fauci hurt America.
Among people who haven't been vaccinated against COVID-19, 22% say Fauci helped, 43% say he hurt America, 35% weren't sure.
In other findings, the poll showed:
- 34% says most Americans are underestimating the risks of the virus; the same percentage believe Americans are behaving appropriately; 23% say most Americans are overreacting to the risks.
- 20% of respondents says they'll "never" take the COVID-19 vaccination.
- 57% says they've been vaccinated, while those who said they would "never" get the vaccine make up 48% of the respondents who haven't been vaccinated.
- 12% plan to get vaccinated as soon as they can, 20% say they'll wait to see what happens to others, and 20% are "not sure."
The threshold for achieving "herd immunity" is around 80%.
A report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines are 94% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 — evidence the vaccine works as well as clinical trials result promised.
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