Following statements by President Donald Trump, who indicated that he might dismiss Dr. Anthony Fauci if he were re-elected for another term, new survey data suggests that most voters in the contested states support the leading health expert’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
A CNBC/Change Research survey released on Monday showed that 66 percent of voters in the six swing states support Fauci’s approach, while 34 percent oppose it. The survey found that a much smaller proportion of these voters, 46 percent, support Trump’s response to the virus, while more than half of the voters indicated that they reject it.
Additional survey statistics showed that 41 percent of voters in the Swing states believe that the pandemic is one of the most serious problems currently facing the US. These voters reside in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump and the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, are determined to win on Tuesday.
At the national level, the latest polling results from CNBC/Change Research indicated an even wider gap in support for Fauci’s response to the virus compared to the president’s reaction, with 72 percent of likely voters saying they approve of the health official’s efforts to combat the outbreak and 41 percent saying the same of Trump.
Fauci has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984. As a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, he helped guide the nation’s response to the pandemic from its earliest stages. However, Trump has regularly sought to undermine Fauxi’s expertise and discredit his advice, usually when the doctor highlights inaccuracies in the president’s statements about coronavirus or takes a contrary view.
Recently, Trump hinted that Faucis’ position could be threatened if he wins the upcoming election.
“Fire Fauci!” cried out to the president’s supporters during a Sunday rally in Opa-locka, Florida, promoting his re-election campaign. “Don’t tell anyone, but let me wait until shortly after the election,” Trump replied, adding, “I appreciate the advice.
His comments about Fauci followed closely on the NIAID director’s interview with the Washington Post, in which he praised Joe Biden. Fauci told the newspaper that the Democratic candidate “takes the pandemic [the pandemic]seriously from a public health perspective,” while Trump “looks at things from a different perspective.
Fauci and the president often argue on issues related to the virus, as Trump is strongly focused on reopening and restoring the country’s “normality” amid a steady increase in cases. In his interview with the Post, Fauci spoke about the increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths reported throughout the United States in the past month, and warned of more serious consequences to be expected this winter. Meanwhile, Trump repeatedly insists that the country is “coming around the corner” when it comes to overcoming the health crisis.
Washington Newsday asked the White House to comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.