Americans place the most blame for rising COVID-19 cases and the spread of new variants on the unvaccinated, people from other nations traveling to the U.S. and Donald Trump, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
The findings show that vaccinated Americans overwhelmingly blame the unvaccinated as the central problem plus other ancillary factors. Overall, most said they blame the unvaccinated (58%), people from other countries traveling to the U.S. (32%) and former President Trump (28%). Separating the responses of the vaccinated and unvaccinated U.S. adults brings the findings into sharper relief.
The vaccinated said their top five targets of blame are the unvaccinated (79%), Trump (36%), conservative media (33%), people from other countries traveling to the U.S. (30%) and Americans traveling internationally (25%). On the other hand, the unvaccinated cited as their top five targets of blame people from other countries traveling to the U.S. (37%), mainstream media (27%), Americans traveling internationally (23%), Biden (21%) and the unvaccinated (10%).
“It’s purely political at its core,” said Cliff Young, president of Ipsos U.S. Public Affairs. “To the unvaccinated, it just reinforces an already existing false belief system.” “If this had happened 30 or 40 years ago, we wouldn’t have the same problem,” but “we’re in a world that’s extremely polarized,” Young said. “We’re dealing with a serious misinformation wall at this point that’s clouding facts” for a “recalcitrant group … The only way to get to them if you’re going to get to them is hard policies, hard mandates.”
When asked whether they’d take the shots if their employer mandated it, only one in three unvaccinated Americans said yes. Fears of the Delta variant permeated this week’s national survey results — from the rising shares of parents now willing to vaccinate their kids, to companies imposing new mask mandates and extending remote work, to people social distancing and staying home. Respondents were asked which or who of multiple options they blame, and were told they could choose as many as they liked.
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