I’m not sure we needed a poll to convey this message but we have one.
American voters’ trust in the national media and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide accurate information about the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically tanked since March.
The CBS poll says just 54% of Americans trust the CDC to provide accurate information on the virus. That’s a 32 point drop from March when trust was measured at 86%.
The virus came from Wuhan, China and has spread all around the globe. It has, however, not been nearly as deadly as predicted and many are questioning the numbers that we've been seeing on a daily basis.
The CDC updated their reporting just within the last couple of weeks to say that only 6% of COVID deaths were due to COVID alone. That put, at the time of release, the total undisputed COVID death toll at just under 10,000 people.
What's more is that they are using death certificates to tally the total numbers but are not requiring an actual test for confirmation of a presence of the virus.
From the CDC:
COVID-19 deaths are identified using a new ICD–10 code. When COVID-19 is reported as a cause of death – or when it is listed as a “probable” or “presumed” cause — the death is coded as U07.1. This can include cases with or without laboratory confirmation.
So, it's not much of a surprise to see trust has eroded in the CDC.
The media came in last with 35% of people saying they trust them for accurate information. Governors held the highest level of trust at 55% while President Trump was at 40%, per the CBS poll.