Closed sign on gated business in Red Zone, Kew Gardens, Queens, NY. (Photo by: Lindsey Nicholson/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

When it comes to determining which businesses should be allowed to remain open during the pandemic, 49% of voters trust public health officials more than individual Americans. A Political IQ survey found that 37% place more trust in individuals deciding for themselves which businesses are safe enough to visit. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of government employees place more trust in public health officials. That view is shared by 51% of private sector workers and 42% of retirees.

Seventy-three percent (73%) of Democrats trust the public health officials while 63% of Republicans have more confidence in individual Americans. Independent voters are more evenly divided: 44% trust the public health officials while 36% trust individual Americans.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Hispanic voters trust the public health officials more, as do 60% of Black voters. White voters are evenly divided: 45% say public health officials while 41% trust individual Americans.
Other data released recently noted that 58% of voters are looking forward to the end of social distancing more than receiving the COVID vaccine.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from December 17-19, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 199 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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