“Died Suddenly” isn’t just a controversial documentary or a sometimes trending hashtag on social media.
It seems to be a growing mindset.
On Monday, the conservative pollster Rasmussen Reports released the results of a new survey to gauge people’s attitudes about COVID-19 vaccines.
According to Rasmussen, “Nearly half of Americans think COVID-19 vaccines may be to blame for many unexplained deaths, and more than a quarter say someone they know could be among the victims.”
The survey included 1,000 Americans who were asked four questions: Did you get a COVID-19 vaccination? How likely is it that vaccine side effects have caused a “significant” number of unexplained deaths? Do you personally know anyone whose death you think may have been caused by vaccine side effects? Do you believe there are legitimate reasons to be concerned about the safety of the vaccines, or do those who worry about vaccine safety spread conspiracy theories?
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Overall, 49% said it was likely that the jabs have caused deaths from side effects. That included 28% who said it was “very likely.”
That camp included 46% of whites, 48% of blacks, and 57% of other minorities, as well as 52% of men and 47% of women.
On the other hand, 37% said it was unlikely the shots caused a significant number of deaths. That included 17% who said it was not likely at all.
As for the third question, 28% agreed that someone they know likely died from vaccine side effects; 61% said the opposite.
In all, 71% of respondents had gotten the vaccine.
Perhaps not surprisingly, most among the 26% who reported not getting the jab were concerned about its effects.
In that group, 77% who did not get jabbed believe “it’s at least somewhat likely that side effects of COVID-19 vaccines have caused a significant number of unexplained deaths.” Comparatively, just 38% of the vaccinated agreed.
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And while 45% of the unvaxxed think someone they know personally may have died from the side effects, less than half that number — 22% — say the same.
Rasmussen also noted a sharp political divide on vaccines.
Among Democrats, 85% had received the vax, compared to 63% of Republicans and 64% of independents.
But 60% of Republicans, compared to 44% of Democrats and 43% of independents, believe legitimate reasons exist to be concerned about vaccine safety.
Yet when asked if respondents suspect someone they know may have died from the vaccine’s side effects, the numbers evened out, with 33% of Democrats agreeing, as did 26% each of Republicans and independents.
As for the “Died Suddenly” phenomena, 46% of respondents who are vaccinated said vaccine worriers are spreading conspiracy, relative to just 15% of the unvaxxed.