Biden Suffers First-Ever ‘Trust Deficit’ Regarding COVID-19, Axios Survey Reveals

By Craig Bannister | September 28, 2021 | 12:10pm EDT
Pres. Joe Biden

“For the first time in his presidency, Joe Biden faces a trust deficit among Americans when it comes to COVID-19, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index,” Axios reported on Tuesday.

According to the weekly survey of “Public trust in Joe Biden to provide accurate COVID-19 information,” 53% of U.S. adults (18 and older) have little or no trust in President Biden to provide them with accurate information about the virus and pandemic. Fewer, 45%, say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in what Biden tells them on the subject, resulting in Biden’s “trust deficit.”

Trust in President Biden’s COVID comments has been trending downward since it peaked in Axios’ January 22-25, 2021 survey, when trust topped distrust, 58%-42%.

Biden’s trust deficit “could spell real trouble” for Democrats, the article explains:

“The latest findings point to malaise more than fear. But malaise could spell real trouble for a Democratic president who built his support on a pledge to steer the nation out of crisis — and whose party's bare House and Senate majorities are on the line in 2022.”

Americans’ loss of trust in what they’re being told about COVID has occurred “across the political spectrum,” is mirrored by a loss of confidence in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and extends to network, cable and print media, Axios reports.

On Monday, Pres. Biden claimed that it won’t be safe for Americans to return to their “normal” lives unless 97-98% of the nation is vaccinated against COVID.

The Axios survey, conducted Sept. 24–27, 2021, is based on a nationally representative probability sample of 1,105 general population adults age 18 or older. The margin of sampling error is ±3.2 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, for results based on the entire sample of adults.

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