Poll: Political Influence Top Concern For Distrust In Public Health Officials

  • Almost three-quarters of Americans who do not have confidence in public health agencies note that political influence is the top reason for their distrust, according to a new poll.
  • Of 803 respondents who said they have low trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 74 percent pointed to political influence on policies and recommendations as the reason.
  • Additional reasons for low confidence include that the agency provides too many conflicting recommendations (73 percent), concerns about private sector influence on recommendations (60 percent), the agency does not consistently follow scientific research (51 percent), and recommendations are too restrictive (44 percent).
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