Amid a growing sense of pandemic fatigue and frustration over confusing and conflicting federal guidance comes a new poll indicating that roughly half of all Americans – including a majority of younger voters – believe it is time for Dr. Anthony Fauci to “resign his position and role” in the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts, as the Daily Wire reports.
The survey, conducted by Trafalgar Group and Convention of States Action, included 1,081 likely general election voters and was conducted between Jan. 12 and 14, and yielded a series of unfavorable results for President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, who also serves as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Disease.
In response to the straightforward question of whether Fauci should resign to “allow for new leadership,” a stunning 46.3% of all respondents answered in the affirmative, with a clear split in opinion emerging along political party lines.
Democrats held a far more favorable opinion of Fauci continuing in his current role, with 83% indicating a belief that he should stay where he is and just 18% expressing a preference that he step aside.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, over 76% of Republican participants in the survey said it is time for Fauci to go, with nearly 59% of voters without party affiliation agreeing with that proposition.
Interestingly, it is among younger demographic groups that Fauci’s popularity has plummeted in particularly dramatic fashion, with 82.5% of voters aged 18-24 supporting his departure and only 17.5 expressing support for his continued involvement in the federal response.
Though Fauci himself has said that he will not step down from his post until COVID-19 is in the “rearview mirror,” multiple high-profile Republican lawmakers have recently voiced their suspicions to the contrary.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) opined in a recent interview that if – as appears increasingly likely – the GOP reclaims control of the House and/or the Senate, Fauci will retire given that Republican committee chairs would then be poised to subpoena records heretofore kept hidden. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has made much the same pledge in recent days, vowing, “If the American people put us back in charge, we are definitely going to [investigate Fauci],” a declaration that may well nudge him closer to the door.
While it is impossible to undo the incalculable, perhaps permanent, damage to the credibility and influence of public health authorities for which Fauci bears much of the blame, the sooner he exits the stage the better.