Vaccines For Kids? Amid Fauci Email Scandal, Poll Shows Americans Trust Parents Over Feds

Vaccines For Kids? Amid Fauci Email Scandal, Poll Shows Americans Trust Parents Over Feds

A new poll shows the majority of American voters want parents, not the federal government, to decide if children need COVID-19 vaccines to attend public school.

In a recent poll by the Trafalgar Group, in partnership with Convention of States Action, 64 percent of respondents said parents should make the decision, while only 15 percent said the federal government should choose, and 16 percent said the decision should be left to local and state governments.

More than 1,000 likely voters responded to the poll, which was conducted June 3-6. The responses varied between parties, with 82.9 percent of Republicans, 49.7 percent of Democrats, and 59.4 percent of independents saying parents should decide if children should get the COVID-19 shot to go to school. Only 5.7 percent of Republican respondents, 26.8 percent of Democrats, and 11.1 percent of independents said the federal government should decide.

The results come amid Anthony Fauci’s recent announcement that he is “cautiously optimistic” that children under 12 will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by Thanksgiving. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are conducting trials to test how children react to the shot.

The survey reveals a distrust in the federal government’s COVID-19 guidance and comes following the release of Fauci’s explosive emails last week.

“Voters are watching the unraveling of Dr. Anthony Fauci, most notably amidst mounting evidence that COVID-19 was leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China,” said Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action. “Further, Fauci’s potential connection to funding research at the lab in question is creating a cloud of doubt over our entire federal health establishment. Thus, when federal, state, and even local officials insist that parents must get children vaccinated in order to attend school, Americans — regardless of political party — just aren’t buying what they’re selling.”

Maggie Hroncich is an intern at The Federalist and a student at Hillsdale College.
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