Poll: 77 percent of voters trust CDC about the White House to report coronavirus data

Most voters trust the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than the White House when it comes to accurately reporting coronavirus data, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll.

Seventy-seven percent of registered voters in the July 17-20 poll said they trust CDC more to accurately report data on COVID-19.

By contrast, 23 percent said they trust the White House more.

The poll found that more than 9 in 10 Democratic voters trust CDC more on the issue, along with 77 percent of independent voters and 59 percent of Republican voters.

About 4 in 10 Republicans said they trust the White House more to accurately report coronavirus data through the CDC.

By contrast, 23 percent of independents and only 7 percent of Democrats agreed.

The survey follows a recent Trump administration policy that requires hospitals to bypass the CDC and report coronavirus data to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Public health groups have criticized the measure, fearing that data transparency would be compromised.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 2,829 registered voters between July 17 and 20. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.84 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte