To have one or the other belief is dangerous – either for the health of the society or for the health of the republic. It turns out that about half of the people in this country have doubts about Biden’s legitimacy or haven’t received the vaccine.
Take a look at the most recent Monmouth University poll, one of the few to ask about the two people’s immunization status and their view of the 2020 election results.
Not having received a vaccine was a minority position, at 34%, at the time of the poll in mid-June. Thinking that Biden won solely because of the fraud was a 32% minority position.
But this third of the electorate for the two positions is not the same third.
That means when you do the math, only about half (51%) of adults have received a dose of the vaccine and think Biden won the election fair and square. Just under 45% either didn’t get a dose of the vaccine or think Biden didn’t win fairly. (An additional 4% received a dose and are unsure if Biden legitimately won.)
Turns out we’re not just a 50-50 country when it comes to elections – we’re a 50-50 country when it comes to believing in science and the truth about it. of these elections.
That’s not to say that believing in an election conspiracy theory and not getting a dose of the vaccine don’t correlate. They are. The Monmouth poll showed that 64% of people who mistakenly think Biden won because of voter fraud also did not receive a dose of the vaccine.
Indeed, much of it splits into partisan camps.
Most Democrats in this poll (and others) either received a dose of the vaccine (83%) or think Biden won fair and square (90%).
Likewise, many Republicans either did not receive a dose of the vaccine (40% in this poll and closer to 50% in other polls) or believe Biden won due to voter fraud (57%).
However, these percentages are not uniform within each party. There is a sizable portion of Democrats who have doubts about the vaccine, and a significant proportion of Republicans who either received the vaccine or think Biden won fair and square.
Former President Donald Trump, for example, is a big promoter of bogus election conspiracy theories, but he actually got vaccinated and urged others to get vaccinated.
Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that much of the country doesn’t want a vaccine or think Biden legitimately won.
A 2014 University of Chicago study examined a bunch of conspiracy theories and found that 50% of Americans believed at least one of them to be true.
Many Americans believed and still believe that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone in killing President John Kennedy.
The difference between most other conspiracy theories and the doubts about Biden’s election and the vaccine is that you have a lot of powerful people who oppose taking the vaccine and pushing the false belief that Biden’s victory isn’t was not legitimate.
Most of them are Republicans. You have Republican members of Congress making false claims about the vaccine. More than half of the Republican House caucus voted to reject the electoral votes of at least one state.
People have died because they did not receive a vaccine. People died from the Capitol riot.
These conspiracy theories are nothing like believing the moon landing was wrong.
Vaccine and election conspiracy theories have had deadly consequences this year.