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Mon Mar 8, 2021, 10:53 AM

Meet the GOP voters who could decide whether the U.S. reaches herd immunity

Source: Washington Post

Meet the GOP voters who could decide whether the U.S. reaches herd immunity

Almost one-third of Republicans tell pollsters they ‘definitely won’t’ get vaccinated.

By Dan Diamond
March 8, 2021 at 6:50 a.m. EST

Margaret, an 80-year-old retiree who lives outside Tulsa, has spent the past year living in fear of the coronavirus. She’s constantly worn masks, toted hand sanitizer and used drive-throughs to run her errands. Her age and preexisting health conditions — including heart failure, diabetes and blood clots — put her at elevated risk if she gets sick.

But unlike many at-risk Americans seeking safety and an end to the pandemic, Margaret refuses to get a coronavirus vaccine.

“There’s too many unanswered questions,” said Margaret, who agreed to be interviewed only if her last name was withheld because of concerns she might be harassed. Margaret also said she’s fearful of possible side effects, like the headaches that some people have gotten from the second shot. “I’d just as soon as not go through that,” she said.

Margaret is a Republican — a fervent supporter of former president Donald Trump — and polls have repeatedly found that nearly one-third of Republicans share her staunch resistance to the coronavirus vaccines, although for a variety of reasons. Some, like Margaret, worry they were developed too quickly. Others argue without evidence that many vaccines are unsafe or will make them sick. Still more echo Trump’s repeated contention that the coronavirus threat is overblown and simply don’t trust the government’s involvement.

“I had a slight fever of 99.5 for a day and a half,” said Steven Rousey, a 43-year-old aircraft mechanic in Georgia who describes himself as a “Libertarian Republican,” and said tests confirmed that he caught the virus in September. “I don’t think it was the boogeyman they made it out to be.”

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/03/07/republicans-covid-vaccine/

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Mar 8, 2021, 11:03 AM

1. Ideas are like drugs...

People can get addicted...

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Mon Mar 8, 2021, 11:29 AM

2. If they get sick it's their fault

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 8, 2021, 12:19 PM

3. True, but we all pay for their ignorance.

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Mon Mar 8, 2021, 01:48 PM

4. because a headache is so much worse than being on a ventilator...

god almighty these people are stupid....

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