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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Director Anthony Fauci remains the trust of a majority of Americans, albeit with his reputation diminished due to the influence of politics, a Rasmussen Reports poll said on Wednesday.

    “The… survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters have a favorable opinion of Fauci, including 34% who have a Very Favorable view," a press release explaining the poll said.

    Fauci’s approval fell from 68 percent in May a year ago, when 42 percent also said their view of the nation’s top COVID-19 doctor was “very favorable," the release said.

    Politics provides a likely reason for the shift in public opinion, the release added.

    Nearly two-thirds of voters (65 percent) believe political considerations have influenced Fauci's decisions and public statements about the COVID-19 pandemic, including 40 percent who think political considerations have had a lot of influence on him, according to the release.

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