According to a recent survey, more than a third of Americans believe the media exaggerate the threat of COVID-19, also called the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
On Dec. 28-29, Rasmussen Reports asked 1,000 adults to rate the overall media coverage of the CCP Virus.
Twenty-nine percent rated it “poor”; 27% “good”; 23% “excellent”; and 18% “fair.”
When participants were asked if the media had exaggerated the threat of the virus, 52% said no. However, a significant portion, 38%, said the media had been exaggerating.
The margin of error for this work is approximately 3%.
Over the course of the year, in the face of the imprecise and often contradictory information disseminated by the media, the general population’s distrust toward the media and authorities’ data has reached significant levels.
For example, in March of this year, when the pandemic and restrictions were just beginning to be felt, 86% of Americans trusted reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a CBS media survey.
By September, however, that number had fallen to 54%.
The same downward trend continued in people’s confidence in the media to provide reliable information about the CCP Virus. According to the same survey, only 35% of the total respondents believed in September that the media provided genuine coverage.
In fact, a report released in late August by the CDC on the number of people who died from the CCP virus generated a lot of attention, showing that only 6% of the people who died from CCP Virus in the United States had no other pre-existing condition.
In the same work, the agency reported that almost 80% of those who died from the virus were over 60 years old.
Both data would indicate that the virus is much less deadly than initially estimated in healthy people under 60.
However, the CDC’s preventive measures to combat the pandemic, and magnified by the media, such as social distancing, strict quarantines, and the use of masks, were and still are high on its agenda.