American Public’s Faith in Public Health System Declines: Little Trust in NIH or FDA

American Public’s Faith in Public Health System Declines Little Trust in NIH or FDA

A recent poll sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that a majority of Americans don’t really trust public health agencies as the age of COVID-19 brought a confluence of factors and forces creating fear, uncertainty, and doubt, impacting the government’s ability to direct rational, objective, and unbiased healthcare policy and programs. Led by Robert Blendon, emeritus professor at the Harvard Chan School, the survey led to some interesting observations like “We’re in a period of distrust of government in general,” declared Blendon, who went on, “If we substituted the FBI for the CDC, it would do a lot better." In fact, the trust in the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears headed to all-time lows.

As it turns out, only 52% of Americans actually have a good amount of trust in the CDC while other agencies fared worse. For example, just 37% of Americans have confidence in either the National Institutes of Health or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the latter being the Gold Standard regulatory body for food and drugs worldwide. The FDA was established ...

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