Axios’ morning email thingie (weird bullet usage and strange emboldening is theirs):
Barely two in 10 Americans would take a first-generation coronavirus vaccine if President Trump alone told them it was safe — one of several new measures of his sinking credibility in the latest wave of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
Given eight scenarios, and asked how likely they were to try the vaccine in each case, respondents said they’d be most inclined if their doctor vouched for its safety (62%), followed by insurance covering the full cost (56%) or the FDA saying it’s safe (54%), Axios White House editor Margaret Talev writes.
- Acting on Trump’s assurances came in dead last (19%).
The big picture: With just five weeks left before Election Day, Week 26 of our national survey offers additional signs that trust in the president and his administration are continuing to fall over the handling of the pandemic.
- Just 32% said they trust the federal government to provide them with accurate information about COVID-19 — down four points from a week ago, and a new low for the index.
- Trust in the White House fell to 28%, and trust in Trump himself fell to 27% — also new lows.
- Trust in Joe Biden is higher, but not exactly a vote of confidence: 47% of respondents said they trust him — consistent with past weeks.
40% of Republicans said they’d follow Trump’s word.
He’s such a failure that 60% of Republicans wouldn’t believe him.
Meanwhile, more than 1M people worldwide have died from this virus, most of ’em here.