A recent poll suggests the majority of Americans believe it is inappropriate for public figures to criticize the unvaccinated to drive up vaccination rates.
This news comes after celebrities and social media influencers, including Olivia Rodrigo and Ellie Zeiler, have partnered with the federal government to promote the COVID-19 vaccine. The Trafalgar Group partnered with the Convention of States Action on the survey, which was given to 1,085 American voters in late July.
The survey question was stated as such: “Do you believe public figures being openly critical of Americans who choose not to be vaccinated is an appropriate way to increase vaccination rates?” In total, 59.8 percent said no, 23.7 percent said yes, and 16.5 percent were unsure. With regard to political affiliation, 77.7 percent of Republicans deemed it inappropriate, mirroring recent Republican-led vaccine legislation. On the other hand, Democrats were largely split on the question; with 36 percent in support, 40.5 percent against, and 23.5 percent unsure.
“Name-calling citizens who choose not to be vaccinated is immoral and dangerous. Once again, Washington DC and its allies in big business and big media are hugely out-of-step with the overwhelming sentiments of the American people across all political parties and perspectives,” Mark Meckler, President of Convention of States Action, said in a statement.
After a surge in Delta variant cases, the government and lawmakers have increased efforts to promote vaccination. On social media, celebrities and influencers with millions of followers across platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter, have taken to their feeds to promote the COVID-19 vaccine. Content includes 18-year-old singer Olivia Rodrigo at a White House press conference, snapping selfies with President Biden, and 17-year-old content creator Ellie Zeiler interviewing Dr. Anthony Fauci on vaccine safety.
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