New Survey Shows the Great Immunization Divide in America
NBC News just completed polling to determine who has been vaccinated in America and it sheds quite a bit of light on the anti-vax problem in the country. Overall, 69% of Americans have received the shots so far, but that is still far short of the 85% that many scientists now say we will need to dramatically reduce transmissions in the population.
Most Americans who have been following the science regarding Covid are dumbfounded by the anti-vax nonsense being peddled on social media and within the conservative news bubble. It almost seems like a concerted effort to prevent us from beating the virus and returning to normal. The results of NBC's survey tends to support that narrative. Here is what they found, broken down demographically.
American adults who say they’ve already been vaccinated:
Men: 67 percent
Women: 71 percent
As we have said many times in these pages, women do seem a bit smarter than men.
Whites: 66 percent
Blacks: 76 percent
Latinos: 71 percent
The "white" numbers are pulled down by Republicans that supported Donald Trump [see below]
Urban residents: 79 percent
Suburban residents: 67 percent
Rural residents: 52 percent
White evangelicals: 59 percent
The lowest among religious groups and, again, this number is impacted by the number of white evangelicals that supported Trump in 2020.
Democrats: 88 percent
Independents: 60 percent
Republicans: 55 percent
The low number of independents is a bit of a surprise.
White non-college grads: 60 percent
White college grads: 80 percent
You see this same level of deviation when you poll for general trust in science/scientists
And, here is the kicker. Voting preferences in 2020:
Biden voters in 2020 general election: 91 percent immunized
Trump voters in 2020 general election: 50 percent immunized
Of all the demographic distinctions in the poll, this one is the sharpest. Trump voters and Biden voters live in a different universe when it comes to the pandemic and effective measures to defeat the virus. It's partially about trust in science, but also greatly influenced by Trump's rhetoric concerning the pandemic in 2020.
By: Don Lam & Curated Content