Fifty-four percent of the president’s backers express confidence in a vaccine before a Fauci endorsement is mentioned.
But after that, this figure drops to 45%.
Mr. Trump and Mr. Fauci have swapped beards, again, over the past few days.
The president called the scientist a “disaster” in an appeal to campaign staff on Monday, saying Americans “tired” of hearing about Covid-19. He also alleged, without supporting evidence, that if Mr. Fauci, and not he, were responsible for the federal response, half a million Americans would have died.
The president attacked Dr Fauci during a campaign appeal to staff members and said if the scientist had been responsible more than 500,000 Americans would have died.
“Fauci is a disaster. If I listened to him we would have 500,000 dead, ”Trump said on the call, according to CNN. “If there is a reporter you can have it like I said, I don’t care. “
The senior National Institutes of Health official got the first word, criticizing the president for a so-called “superspreader” event earlier this month at the White House to honor Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett.
Mr Fauci said he was “absolutely not” surprised that the Commander-in-Chief fell ill after the event, where few attendees wore masks or followed social distancing guidelines during indoor and outdoor ceremonies.
“When I saw this on TV I said, ‘Oh my God. Nothing good can come out of this, it must be a problem. “And then, of course, it turned out to be a mass-market event,” Mr. Fauci said on CBS News’s “60 Minutes” program.
Despite the war of words, Mr. Fauci and Mr. Trump share a defensive posture on how the federal government has handled the pandemic.
“I don’t think so,” he told CBS, “we could have done more than that.
JL Partners were tasked with polling American voters on behalf of The independent and spoke to 1,034 respondents across the United States
A slim majority of voters said they would be confident taking a Covid vaccine, with 51% saying they were very confident, 8% neutral and 41% not very confident or not at all confident.