Dr. Anthony Fauci—the face of the nation’s battle against COVID-19—has a credibility problem, according to the results of a new survey released by Rasmussen Reports, which found that fewer than half of U.S. voters “believe Fauci has told the truth about U.S. government funding for so-called ‘gain-of-function’ virus research.”
On Tuesday, Rasmussen revealed only 40 percent of likely voters think Fauci has told the truth, while 46 percent think Fauci was fibbing. Fifteen percent or survey respondents aren’t sure.
The survey was conducted June 6-7 from among 1,000 likely voters with a margin of sampling error or =/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
According to Rasmussen, “Fauci has defined gain-of-function research as ‘taking a virus that could infect humans and making it either more transmissible and/or pathogenic for humans.’”
“Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters say they have been following recent news about gain-of-function research at least Somewhat Closely, including 39% who say they’ve followed such reports Very Closely,” Rasmussen reported. “Among those who say they’ve followed recent news Very Closely, 59% don’t believe Dr. Anthony Fauci has told the truth about U.S. government funding for gain-of-function virus research.”
This survey came two days after the New York Post ran a story headlined, “Was mask-wearing pointless after all? Fauci must be forced to answer.”
Opinion writer Karol Markowicz observed, “People may not want to learn that millions of us covered our faces for 15 months for no good reason after all. But asking the questions is exactly what we must do.”
She rattles off a series of questions for which answers have not been forthcoming, because apparently nobody has asked them.
“These are questions that should be asked of Fauci today,” Markowicz wrote. “Instead, we have an adoring press that refuses to do its job.”
Not surprisingly, there is a partisan divide when it comes to taking Fauci’s word on whether the government was fund the “gain-of-function” virus research, Rasmussen detailed.
“The partisan divide is sharpest on the question of whether Fauci has lied about U.S. funding for gain of function research,” Rasmussen said. “Majorities of both Republicans (66%) and unaffiliated voters (51%) don’t believe Fauci has told the truth about funding for such research, but only 23% of Democrats share that belief. Sixty-three percent (63%) of Democrats believe Fauci has told the truth about U.S. government funding for gain of function virus research, but only 22% of Republicans and 29% of unaffiliated voters believe Fauci told the truth.”
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