Majority of people now believe a vaccine released this year would be “rushed through” — echoing Biden-Harris campaign rhetoric.
A new YouGov poll released this week conclusively shows that the media’s and left’s deliberate undermining of a potential pre-presidential election Wuhan Coronavirus vaccine is having the intended impact on voters.
CBS News reports:
Skepticism about getting a coronavirus vaccine has grown since earlier this summer, and most voters say if a vaccine were made available this year, their first thought would be that it was rushed through without enough testing.
Just 21% of voters nationwide now say they would get a vaccine as soon as possible if one became available at no cost, down from 32% in late July. Most would consider it but would wait to see what happens to others before getting one.
Two-thirds of voters think if a vaccine were announced as soon as this year, their initial thought would be that it was rushed through without enough testing, rather than a scientific achievement that happened quickly. Among those who feel it would have been rushed, just 13% say they would get a vaccine for the coronavirus as soon as possible if one were available.
Here’s a deeper dive into the numbers:
*New CBS News poll:
Voters skeptical about potential COVID-19 vaccine and say that one this year would be rushed
Most voters say they would not get a COVID-19 vaccine right away. t.co/7dIbMC27kv pic.twitter.com/GkQ0MfUGrK
— CBS News Poll (@CBSNewsPoll) September 6, 2020
— Sister Toldjah 😁 (@sistertoldjah) September 10, 2020
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his vice presidential running mate Sen. Kamala Harris have been among the many on the left and in the mainstream media who have worked to spin ridiculous conspiracy theories in recent weeks about the efficacy and effectiveness of a potential vaccine, suggesting without evidence that Trump has been deliberately putting pressure on scientists to skip safety protocols and approve a vaccine before Election Day.
In an interview last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Kaiser Health News he was “not concerned about political pressure” and said it’s possible a vaccine could be made available sooner rather than later if clinical trials showed results that were overwhelmingly positive.
The YouGov poll’s findings sparked a discussion on Twitter of just how the politicization of the vaccine by Democrats and journalists alike will have “horrible ripple effects” on down the line:
This is the most depressing thing I've seen in a while.
As a pro-vaccine doctor…this is going to have horrible ripple effects.
What a terrible politicization of the issue. t.co/VzWaghiLvR
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) September 10, 2020
This is a tremendous tragedy. Widespread scientific illiteracy combined with a full-on media/Dem play to undermine POTUS for political purposes truly diminishes the incredible achievement of tens of thousands of career scientists and sacrifice of trial participants. t.co/vAE73slHaA
— Ellen Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) September 10, 2020
Yep, I called this a few weeks ago, before all the hysteria began: t.co/uR6HDj65zy
— Jeff A (@Mithrandir48) September 10, 2020
I never want to hear people on the left blame the right for disliking science or especially for anti-vaxx stuff again. t.co/BzIS368vBb
— R James King (@RJamesKing1) September 10, 2020
In a nutshell, what Trump’s political opposition in the press and on the left are doing is feeding a dangerous Democrat-led anti-vaxxer movement not on the basis of science, but instead purely on the basis of their dogmatic belief in the Orange Man Bad narrative.
That tactic, in addition to their relentless efforts at discrediting Trump’s promotion of hydroxychloroquine as a possible virus treatment, lends more evidence to the suggestions by some that Democrats and the media – in spite of their “do something!” mantra – actually have not wanted a treatment or vaccine approved for the Wuhan virus until well after the election for political reasons.
This is a troubling avenue that an objective media would be very keen on exploring. Unfortunately, liberally biased reporters here are too busy actively feeding into the conspiracy theories about a “rushed” vaccine themselves to engage in actual investigative journalism on the matter.
— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —