This should come as no surprise to anyone, but conservatives are more likely to accurately estimate the COVID death risk, according to a new report. Rasmussen Reports says that people who watch conservative news channels rather than the leftist fake news stations are more likely to have a more honest view of the threat posed by COVID-19 — and to feel that officials are not being honest about the safety of vaccines, which have yet to all receive full FDA approval.
If you ask Americans, according to a new poll, the death numbers are all over the place. In fact, only 30 percent of Americans accurately say that the death rate is less than 2 percent. An astounding 17 percent say that the mortality rate is as much as 10 percent. An even more shocking 19 percent think the mortality rate is over 10 percent. While 14 percent say they aren’t sure, that answer could easily apply to the incredibly stupid people who say that ridiculously high numbers die from the virus, which kills only 1.6 percent of those diagnosed with it. The truth is that we still don’t know much about this virus — but with death rates, conservatives are more likely to be right:
More viewers of Newsmax (40%) and Fox News (34%) correctly estimated the COVID-19 mortality rate than viewers of CNN (22%) or MSNBC (24%). Twenty-one percent (21%) of One America News (OAN) viewers correctly estimated the coronavirus mortality rate. Among Americans who say they don’t watch cable news at all, 38% correctly estimated the mortality rate as less than 2%.
In July, 32 percent of Americans said public health officials lie about the safety of vaccines. Now, that number has increased to 37 percent with 19 percent saying they are unsure. Only 44 percent trust the government and its lackeys to tell the truth. Once again, the people who trust the official word are viewers of conservative news:
The highest levels of distrust are among those who say they most often watch conservative channels. Sixty-two percent (62%) of Newsmax viewers think public health officials are lying about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, as do 60% of OAN viewers and 49% of Fox News viewers. Only 26% of CNN viewers and 25% of MSNBC viewers believe officials are lying about vaccine safety.
With vaccines, we don’t quite know everything — or even much. But it’s good to see that conservatives are smart enough to ask the important questions and to question the information we are given by people who lie to us all the time.