U.S. adults look to scientific organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rather than their president, to lead the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
This finding comes from a recent survey targeting perceptions about COVID-19 that was published in PLOS ONE.
In their recent study, researchers wanted to gain insight into the perceptions of the U.S. population concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the survey was undertaken before any large-scale outbreak in the U.S., the results capture attitudes in the general U.S. population before risk of infection was high.
A total of 718 adults in the U.S. completed an online survey in the beginning of February 2020.
Finally, participants were asked who they would prefer to see in charge of the U.S. response to COVID-19.
What’s more, 35% of respondents supported “temporary discrimination based on someone’s country of origin” in the event of an outbreak. »