• April 19, 2024

Poll Finds Republicans Particularly Opposed To ‘Vaccine Passport’ Messaging : NPR

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People who voted for Donald Trump were already some of the most likely not get vaccinated.

Now a poll is showing the idea of ​​a document sometimes called a “passport” showing that proof of vaccination is also unpopular with this group. Forty-seven percent of Trump voters are against these types of documents, compared to ten percent of Biden voters. The survey shows.

The federal government clearly has no plans for this. However, there is some effort at the state level and among private institutions to give people the opportunity to obtain a document that they can use to speed up and simplify travel, for example.

Much of the problem with a “passport” has to do with the wording.

“The term ‘vaccine passports’ hits every button on the political right – the idea of ​​being forced to take the vaccine, issues of freedom, and issues of transgressing government” says Brian Castrucci, President and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, an advocacy and research group focused on public health.

The new survey by the de Beaumont Foundation The Republican pollster Frank Luntz spoke about attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccines and the documentation of vaccinations.

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The idea of ​​a passport “made it possible to discuss potential federal government mandates that could jeopardize our personal freedom or appear to be government overreach,” Castrucci, who is also an epidemiologist, told Steve Inskeep in the Morning Edition. “The Biden administration wisely said there would be no federal mandate or a vaccine database, but it was too late. It was already politicized.”

The survey found that both Trump and Biden voters advocated a “check” rather than a “passport”. That’s because “it’s a statement of fact, not a government-issued document,” says Castrucci.

He spoke to NPR’s Morning Edition about how messaging can affect vaccinating reluctant people. Here are excerpts edited for length and clarity:

Can I ask a cynical question? It’s easy for me to say that it doesn’t matter what the Biden government calls it. Tucker Carlson on Fox News is going to call it what he wants. And that is exactly what people in a certain segment of the population will believe and remember.

So we have to get politics out of this debate. Every time you have a political debate there is a winner and a loser. If we don’t vaccinate Americans, we all lose. This needs to be a conversation held by state and local health officials and other healthcare professionals. Let’s not even introduce it into politics lest we politicize another very important tool in the public health toolbox. We don’t need vaccination cards to wear a 2.0 mask. We need to make sure that people have the facts they need and the freedom to choose. And they want to hear from doctors. They want to hear from clergymen. They want to hear from their spouses, not politicians. We need to have conversations across the country over the dining table.

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Is it a fundamental reality of the numbers that many of the people who voted for Donald Trump need their vaccines in order for the country to achieve herd immunity?

We cannot get herd immunity with just one party or just the coasts. It has to be a nationwide effort. This is why it is so important right now that we reach out to any group with concerns about vaccines. And right now, they’re more like Republican voters.

Are you telling me that we could look at a map where we often see red and blue states and that it could actually be eruption areas and non-eruption areas?

I think that is very possible. And it’s not good for us as a country because the more we have viruses, the more opportunities we have to develop variants that could breach the vaccines. In order for us to return to the way of life we ​​had before the outbreak, we all need to understand that the most important thing is to get the vaccine.

This comes at a time when we are having this great national debate about the voter card and how much can reasonably be asked of the people. And that’s exactly what you’re asking people with this vaccine request to provide ID.

Having a requirement that forbids people who have not been vaccinated to enter into a normal life – that is a limitation. We need incentives. The Krispy Kreme donuts are an incentive. Anyone with a vaccination card can get a Krispy Kreme donut. There were companies that gave their employees days off or bonuses for the vaccine. These are incentives. We need more incentives for the private sector and almost no government mandates.

Chad Campbell, Denise Couture and Victoria Whitley-Berry produced and edited the audio interview. James Doubek produced for the web.


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