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53% of Americans have little or no trust in Biden to provide accurate COVID information, polls show

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A majority of Americans have little to no confidence in President Joe Biden to provide accurate information about the coronavirus or the pandemic, a new poll released Tuesday shows.

The September episode of the Ipsos/Axios poll marks the first time Biden has struggled with a confidence deficit among American voters during his presidency.

About 53 percent of Americans say they don’t trust Biden “very much” or have “nothing at all” to provide accurate COVID-19 information.

Only 45 percent say they have ‘a lot’ or ‘fairly much’ trust in him.

The president sat in front of cameras yesterday to receive his COVID-19 booster shot in an effort to encourage Americans over 65 and others who qualify to re-vaccinate.

He spent much of his eight months in the office trying to convince unvaccinated Americans to get the shot, but took a firmer hand in early September when he announced a major vaccination that affects about 100 million Americans.

It came after a summer COVID spike that coincided with a slowdown in new vaccinations.

Biden faces a confidence deficit among Americans on COVID-19 information for the first time during his presidency, according to an Ipsos/Axios survey

Biden got his COVID-19 booster recording on live television Monday afternoon

Biden got his COVID-19 booster recording on live television Monday afternoon

Fueled by the highly contagious Delta strain, largely unvaccinated parts of the country once again saw record high hospitalizations and infections that pushed healthcare to near breaking point.

Tuesday’s poll, conducted Sept. 24 to 27, shows Biden hit a 13-point mark since January, when he pledged as commander in chief to lead the nation out of the pandemic.

Shortly after he was inaugurated, a significant 58 percent of Americans trusted Biden to provide accurate COVID information. Only 42 percent had little or no confidence.

The decline from the start of Biden’s honeymoon is most significant among independent voters.

Fifty-nine percent of the Independents trusted Biden on COVID when he first took office. Now only 42 percent do.

But the shift occurred across all sides. In January, 92 percent of Democrats trusted Biden to provide accurate information about the COVID pandemic, compared to 81 percent in September.

Republicans experienced a similar loss of confidence in Biden from 21 percent to 11 percent.

Biden saw a 13-point drop in confidence from his January high when he first took office

Biden saw a 13-point drop in confidence from his January high when he first took office

But Americans’ troubles don’t end with Biden — just 49 percent trust the federal government as a whole to relay accurate pandemic information, down from 54 percent two weeks earlier.

With regard to coping with the pandemic itself, the survey found that more people are starting to feel braver about going to restaurants and taking public transportation.

In fact, a mid-September poll reflected that Americans supported Biden’s announcement that all federal employees should be vaccinated and that companies with 100 or more employees should establish vaccine mandates or weekly tests.

Sixty percent of Americans supported the federal mandate. Slightly less, but still a majority, 57 percent, of working Americans supported their own employers who needed vaccines in the office.

The difference between Americans’ enthusiasm for vaccines and going back to normal and their confidence in Biden as a messenger widens as the pandemic continues.

“Delta and other issues have really undermined the public’s perception” of how much they can trust Biden when he says the end is in sight, according to Ipsos, US public affairs president Cliff Young told Axios.

The US saw a summer COVID wave fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant

The US saw a summer COVID wave fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant

Deaths also began to increase in parts of the US with largely unvaccinated populations

Deaths also began to increase in parts of the US with largely unvaccinated populations

The rise in cases coincided with a fall in vaccinations in late spring to early summer

The rise in cases coincided with a fall in vaccinations in late spring to early summer

“He won on COVID, he surfed on COVID for the first six months, but he is now being challenged by it because there is no clear solution in sight.”

Young explained, “People have adapted. They have countermeasures they trust. But we’re still in the middle of it. It hasn’t gone away. You have to wear masks everywhere. It’s doable, but it makes you frustrated.’

Americans are increasingly disappointed with Biden’s job at the White House in general.

Poll aggregation site FiveThirtyEight places the president’s disapproval score more than three points higher than his approval, from 48.8 percent disapproving to just 45.3 percent approving.

His approval crossed his disapproval in late August amid the chaotic US military withdrawal from Afghanistan and has only grown since then.

Biden’s disapproval rating at this point in his tenure is lower than any previous president since Harry Truman when record-keeping began, except Donald Trump.

Only Trump and Gerald Ford had lower approval ratings at this point in their tenures.

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