Pew: Republicans slightly more likely than Democrats to say measles vaccine is safe

posted at 6:41 pm on February 10, 2015 by Allahpundit

A little something for your bookmarks folder, so that you have it handy the next time someone in the media assures you that vaccine skepticism is a “Republican problem.”

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Wait a sec. Haven’t we seen other polls recently claiming that Republicans are less likely than Dems to support vaccines? Not exactly: YouGov published a poll last week showing that GOPers were 14 points less likely to support making vaccines mandatory over parental objections. (Other groups, including Democratic stalwarts like young adults and black voters, were even less likely than Republicans to support doing so.) My theory after digesting that was that it was the mandate part, not the vaccine part, that righty dissenters took issue with. They weren’t skeptical that vaccines worked, in other words, they were reluctant to hand the government more power to compel certain medical treatments. Looking at today’s Pew poll, that theory seems solid. In fact, among the 20 demographic groups analyzed by Pew (race, gender, age, education, region, party, parent or not), the only group that tilts more heavily than Republicans towards believing that the MMR vaccine is safe is college graduates. GOPers are +84. College grads are +87.

But wait — haven’t we seen other polls showing that high income earners are, surprisingly, less likely than lower earners to support vaccine mandates? Well, yes, the YouGov poll had a finding to that effect, with roughly 70 percent of people who make $100K or less supporting mandatory vaccination versus just 55 percent support among people who make more than $100K. That could have been an outlier due to the small sample size among the $100K+ crowd, though. And it’s not true, obviously, that “college grad” = “earns more than $100,000.” In fact, a different Pew poll taken last week also found that college grads were the educational group most likely to support mandatory vaccines, although they were only a few points higher than lesser educated people in that survey. In today’s survey, they’re considerably higher. That feels plausible — better health is associated with better education in many ways — but it’s hard to explain the discrepancy between the two polls. Why would less educated people support vaccine mandates roughly as much as college grads do if they’re quite a bit more likely to doubt that the vaccines are safe?

The one common thread in all these polls is that young adults are more leery of vaccines than their elders. They’re still far above 70 percent in believing that the MMR vaccine is safe, but the age trend regarding both mandates and the safety of vaccines is towards greater skepticism, not less. Anyway, via the Free Beacon, here’s what California’s vaccine skeptics are up to nowadays.


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Fascist-Democrats are science deniers!

rbj on February 10, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Thanks, Mitt!

corona79 on February 10, 2015 at 6:53 PM

Of course, if this was a poll about evolution, well you know…

Walter L. Newton on February 10, 2015 at 6:57 PM

here’s what California’s vaccine skeptics are up to nowadays

Doing a proven method of immunization? I see no problem with them doing it. Get them all immunized naturally and at the same time. This is how it worked before vaccines were widespread.

nobar on February 10, 2015 at 7:01 PM

…another vaccine post eh?

..We need more Bryan Williams posts here like at Townhall – to heck with all the other stuff like immigration issues or trillion dollar deficits.

celt on February 10, 2015 at 7:02 PM

Pew: Republicans slightly more likely than Democrats to say measles vaccine is safe

Why do I get the impression that if Democrats were ‘slight’y more likely than Republicans it would have read “Democrats more likely than Republicans to say measles vaccine is safe”?

TheMadHessian on February 10, 2015 at 7:02 PM

…who are these ‘White” people… in the stats?

JugEarsButtHurt on February 10, 2015 at 7:09 PM

Of course, if this was a poll about evolution, well you know…

Walter L. Newton on February 10, 2015 at 6:57 PM

You may find a sizable segment that feel it’s possible for a God to have designed evolution, if the ill questions were framed in such a manner.

Star Bird on February 10, 2015 at 7:21 PM

Thanks for pushing mandatory vaccines, all of you Big Gov’t loving, CDC trusting, liberty touting conservatives!

higgins1991 on February 10, 2015 at 7:26 PM

This is no different from conservatives being more likely to serve in the military, but less likely to support a draft.

GrumpyOldFart on February 10, 2015 at 7:27 PM

Good lord, Allah – You’re the last HA blogger I’d expect to be falling for this idiotic leftist meme of “the reason we have a measles outbreak is because of all the anti-vaccination parents out there”.

THE REASON we have a measles outbreak at all, is the thousands of diseased, undocumented and unvaccinated hordes of illegals who have recently FLOODED this country under Obama. He DOES NOT CARE one wit about American deaths, measles-related birth defects, or any other potentially devastating disease outbreaks in this country, as long as he is changing the demographics of the country. The end justifies the means.

AllahP, just by the subject matter of this post, it shows you have fallen for this ridiculous strawman put up by the progressives who are feverishly trying to change the demographics and therefore the entire balance of power over this country. WHO CARES what polls say about anyone’s opinions about vaccinations? The point is being entirely missed.

FNH57 on February 10, 2015 at 7:32 PM

All sane people know that Jon Stewart is not a real reporter.

Nor is Brian Williams. But, Brian is a joke.

The two could now swap jobs. The Left would never notice.

Yes, yes, it’s on topic. Science is earnest, not like Josh.

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2015 at 7:54 PM

Alternative headline: Twice as many Democrats as Republicans say measles vaccine is unsafe. That puts the distinction into starker relief, doesn’t it?

calbear on February 10, 2015 at 8:27 PM

It’s safer than having friggin measle parties.

1redshirtxlg on February 10, 2015 at 8:44 PM

Federal vaccine mandates only make sense if you believe that the federal government can always produce safe and effective vaccines and not make deadly mistakes ever!!! Unfortunately, that same government produced massive lots of near-totally-ineffective flu vaccine just this past year: thus destroying the “federal infallibility” premise.

We will all be a lot safer if each of the 50 states are allowed to establish their own programs, decide what vaccines to use, and whether to make them mandatory or not, and implement 50 mini-experiments. This way, a single fatal mistake or oversight by any government authority will not kill everybody…and the country will survive. If the Feds mandate a “one size fits all” solution, a huge part of the country is doomed: it’s just a matter of time.

And the reason we have a measles outbreak is NOT the lack of citizen vaccinations: it’s that the Obamacrats insist on importing sick people from South America and spreading them and their infections all over the USA with no health screening whatsoever!!

landlines on February 10, 2015 at 8:56 PM

Federal vaccine mandates only make sense if you believe that the federal government can always produce safe and effective vaccines and not make deadly mistakes ever!!! Unfortunately, that same government produced massive lots of near-totally-ineffective flu vaccine just this past year: thus destroying the “federal infallibility” premise.

We will all be a lot safer if each of the 50 states are allowed to establish their own programs, decide what vaccines to use, and whether to make them mandatory or not, and implement 50 mini-experiments. This way, a single fatal mistake or oversight by any government authority will not kill everybody…and the country will survive. If the Feds mandate a “one size fits all” solution, a huge part of the country is doomed: it’s just a matter of time.

And the reason we have a measles outbreak is NOT the lack of citizen vaccinations: it’s that the Obamacrats insist on importing sick people from South America and spreading them and their infections all over the USA with no health screening whatsoever!!

landlines on February 10, 2015 at 8:56 PM

Indeed.
Actually, there was some health screening, that’s how we know so many are diseased when they get here.
There was just not enough effective treatment, nor warnings to the impacted communities.

Obama lied; children died.

AesopFan on February 10, 2015 at 9:17 PM

That picture is of bed bug bites, not measles.

Just sayin’………..

iurockhead on February 10, 2015 at 9:35 PM

NO to federal vaccine mandates. Keep the status quo — mostly — except for personal belief/religious exemptions. You don’t wanna vaccinate, your kids shouldn’t be able to attend schools or daycares.

gryphon202 on February 10, 2015 at 10:21 PM