Americans’ opinions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have fluctuated throughout the coronavirus pandemic, but more recently the agency’s opinions have been more positive than negative.
According to a Gallup poll released on Monday, 39% of Americans believe the CDC has communicated a clear plan of action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This percentage is slightly higher than the 32% of Americans who don’t.
However, this is a slight drop from the 42% in June.
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The most recent poll on the subject was conducted before the CDC revised its guidelines on the need for people vaccinated against the virus to wear face masks in public.
Americans who believe the agency had clear communication fell to a low of 25% in September 2020 and again in January 2021, during the slow initial rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. During those months, the percentage of Americans who said the CDC was not communicating clearly peaked at 41% and 40%, respectively.
Gallup polls found that as the COVID-19 situation improved in the United States, Americans’ opinions of the CDC were generally more positive, with one exception in May. In that reading, Americans were also divided following the brutal CDC announcement that fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear face coverings in public – 35% believing the agency to communicate clearly and 36 % thinking no.
That announcement was canceled in July, following Gallup’s poll on the matter. Therefore, the most recent reading does not reflect its impact on Americans’ views towards the CDC.