Poll: 4 in 10 Americans Think CDC Is Bungling Pandemic Messaging

Poll: 4 in 10 Americans Think CDC Is Bungling Pandemic Messaging


More Americans disagree than agree that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) pandemic messaging is clear and effective.

According to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday, 41 percent of Americans now disagree and 32 percent agree that the CDC has “communicated a clear plan of action in response to the COVID-19 situation.”

According to the poll report:

The public’s opinions about CDC communication have varied throughout the pandemic. They have been more critical than positive at other times besides now. These include September 2020, when there was concern about premature approval of COVID-19 vaccines, and January 2021, when infections and deaths peaked and the federal government struggled with the initial vaccine rollout.

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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky in August complained about mistrust and criticism over “how to communicate to people” who are skeptical of the agency’s “data driven” recommendations. Dr. Walensky told the Wall Street Journal:

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