The majority of surveyed Americans think Anthony Fauci should be removed from his role in helping lead the federal government’s COVID-19 response, a new poll released Monday by Convention of States Action, along with Trafalgar Group, shows.
Fauci currently serves as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to the president. While 76.6% of surveyed Republican voters want Fauci to quit, only 17.5% of Democrats feel the same.
Notably, the poll found “58.9 percent of Independent voters believe Dr. Fauci should resign his position and role in leading the government’s COVID-19 response to allow for new leadership,” while “41.1 percent believe Dr. Fauci should not resign.”
The poll results came from a survey conducted Jan. 12-14 of more than 1,000 likely 2022 voters.
“Once known as ‘America’s Doctor’, Dr. Anthony Fauci has become a highly partisan figure among voters,” said Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action. “His own admissions that public opinion influences his decisions, his almost daily shifts on policy, and his criticism of those who disagree with him has – for Republicans and Independents – removed the sense that Fauci is objective and scientific. Democrats, on the other hand, who agree with Fauci’s point-of-view and critiques, support him with overwhelming numbers.”
A poll from The Hill/HarrisX in June of last year reported that 42% of voters want Fauci to resign with 58% saying he shouldn’t. By October, though, the same survey found that 52% said Fauci should resign.