United Kingdom: trust in public figures during the coronavirus pandemic in April 2020

In April 2020, it was found that the majority of the British public had trust in the information provided by Professor Chris Witty, the Chief Medical Officer of England, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 25 percent of those surveyed had a high level of trust in Professor Chris Witty, with a further 36 percent having some trust in him. On the other hand, there is a high level of distrust among the British public of the information disseminated by Donald Trump, who has attracted some criticism for comments he made in regard to treating coronavirus in the body.

The latest number of cases in the UK can be found here. For further information about the coronavirus pandemic, please visit our dedicated Facts and Figures page.

What level of trust or distrust would you say you had in the information on coronavirus provided by the following individuals?

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Release date

April 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

April 21 to April 24

Number of respondents

2,005 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Professor Chris Witty is the Chief Medical Officer for England.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the Director-General of the World Health Organization.

Numbers may not sum to 100 due to rounding.

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