Half of the United States believes in a deadly conspiracy theory
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.
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.
About 36% of adults who mistakenly believe Biden won solely because of fraud, in fact, received a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
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 this election.
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.
Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that much of the country doesn’t want a vaccine or think Biden legitimately won.
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.
These conspiracy theories are nothing like believing the moon landing was wrong.
Vaccine and election conspiracy theories have had deadly consequences this year.