New poll sheds light on who Americans really blame for the latest COVID resurgence

New poll sheds light on who Americans really blame for the latest COVID resurgence
Capt. Jessica Oesch, a perioperative nurse in the Weed Army Community Hospital operating room, receives the first COVID-19 vaccine on Fort Irwin, Calif. on December 23. The hospital received a limited supply of vaccines and will vaccinate personnel in accordance with the Department of Defense's population schema. (U.S. Army photo by Kimberly Hackbarth/ Weed ACH Public Affairs) (Kimberly Hackbarth)

As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly across the United States, there are a number of arguments about who should be blamed for the case resurgence.

According to Axios, vaccinated Americans believe three things have greatly contributed to the alarming rise in COVID cases: anti-vaxxers, people traveling from abroad, and former President Donald Trump.

A total of 58% of vaccinated individuals who participated in the survey believe the unvaccinated are to blame, 32% blame travelers entering the country, and 28% insist Trump's politicization of the virus has also contributed to the distrust of the scientific community.

However the unvaccinated are blaming the Biden administration while accusing the media of releasing fear-mongering reports. The latest update of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index sheds light on the disturbing divide between the views and opinions of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

According to Cliff Young, president of Ipsos U.S. Public Affairs, the vast differences between both groups appear to be politically driven.

"It's purely political at its core," said Young. "To the unvaccinated, it just reinforces an already existing false belief system." He added, "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. 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."

With the uptick in COVID cases and hospitalizations, many parents have changed their perspectives on children being vaccinated. The publication reports that more parents are willing to "vaccinate their kids, to companies imposing new mask mandates and extending remote work, to people social distancing and staying home."

Three out of 10 employees have noted that their employers have shifted on policies regarding COVID while 6 out of 10 parents now say they are willing to allow their children under 18 to be vaccinated.


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