Trust in Government: Can you trust the CDC?

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Trust in Government
Tom Harkin communications center for the CDC in Atlanta

The Tom Harkin communications center for the CDC in Atlanta. Photo by James Gathany of the CDC, released for public use.

How much do you trust the CDC—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Last October, as Ebola deaths escalated, Americans were losing confidence in the agency’s ability to address the crisis, as I reported in an OurValues.org series. How much trust and confidence do you have in the CDC today?

Today, Americans love the CDC. Seven of ten Americans (70%) have a favorable view of the CDC. Only NASA comes close to being viewed as favorably, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. The other six agencies included in the survey are viewed less favorably than the CDC or NASA.
But there are big partisan differences.

Democrats have a more favorable view of the CDC than Republicans do. Just over three-quarters of Democrats (77%) have a positive view of the CDC, compared to 57% of Republicans. That’s a twenty percentage point difference.

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of the CDC?
If favorable, is it at the top of your list of the eight government agencies Pew included in its survey? (See Monday’s column for the list.)

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