A new poll from The Hill and HarrisX finds more than half of American voters think Dr. Anthony Fauci, the highest-paid U.S. government official and longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), should resign.
It may not be all that surprising that some 52% of registered voters think it’s time for Fauci to call his decades-long career quits, given that the doctor has been implicated in a number of recent controversies. But here’s something no one saw coming: That figure includes nearly 1 in 3 Democrats who think Fauci should step down.
The latest numbers
You read that right: 32% of Democrats who responded to the new poll said they want Fauci out, according to a report on the survey from The Hill.
The same could be said of 75% of Republicans surveyed, as well as 47% of independents, or nearly half.
The poll was taken Oct. 26-27 and surveyed 937 registered voters. According to a report from Townhall, the poll has “a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.”
More significant than the latest numbers, however, are the trendlines — and they aren’t pointing up for Fauci, either. The Hill reports: “A June 17-18 Hill-HarrisX poll found that 58 percent of registered voters said Fauci should not resign, while 42 percent of respondents said he should.”
Roughly four months later, the number of voters who want Fauci gone has risen by a full 10 percentage points. Breaking it down by party, that figure has gone up 9 percentage points among both Republicans and independents since June, and it’s up 12 points among Dems.
The poll was taken as Fauci had again found himself in the headlines amid controversy, this time over allegations that his branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had a major role in funding inhumane experiments on puppies.
At least two dozen lawmakers, including representatives from both parties, have called on the doctor for answers. They’re being led by GOP Rep. Nancy Mace (SC), who described the “cruel” experiments in a letter signed by 23 other legislators earlier this month.
“The dogs were all between six and eight months old,” the congresswoman wrote, according to FOX 10 Phoenix. “The commissioned tests involved injecting and force-feeding the puppies an experimental drug for several weeks, before killing and dissecting them.”
Other reports claimed Fauci had lied to members of Congress when he testified that his agency had never funded controversial “gain of function” research at a lab in Wuhan, China.
But asked in an interview a few weeks back whether he’d step aside if Americans lost confidence in his ability to lead the NIAID, Fauci was curt. “No. Absolutely, unequivocally no,” he said, according to BizPacReview. “Sorry.”