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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are among a number of federal and state health agencies facing a lack of public confidence, according to a survey published Thursday.
The survey conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health found that the public has more confidence in health care workers than in public health institutions.
Fifty-two percent of respondents said they have “too much or too much” in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while 25 percent said they somewhat trust the agency. Twenty percent of respondents said they did not trust or trust the agency at all.
Other federal agencies have not gained the confidence of the majority of the public.
Only 37 percent of those surveyed said they had great confidence or trust in the Food and Drug Administration, while 38 percent said they had little confidence in the regulator. 24 percent said they do not have much confidence, or any confidence, in the agency.
37 percent also expressed a great deal of confidence in the National Institutes of Health (NIH); 40 percent said the same to a general surgeon. 33 per cent of respondents had strong confidence in the Ministry of Health and Human Services.
The poll comes more than a year after the spread of the coronavirus pandemic that has suddenly changed the lives of many Americans. The nation’s response was affected by confusing and contradictory messages and the political climate during the 2020 presidential elections.
But lower confidence levels are not just at the federal level. Only 44 percent of respondents expressed strong confidence in local health departments, and 41 percent said the same to state health departments.
In comparison, the survey found that 71% of those surveyed had high confidence in nurses, while 67% said the same to doctors. Seventy percent indicated a high level of confidence in the healthcare workers they knew.
The survey surveyed 1,305 adults from Feb. 11 to March 15. It has a margin of error in the sample of more or less 3.6 percentage points.
Post source: The hill
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