Two stories I’ve been thinking about make clear that Republicans have problems Donald Trump’s departure has not begun to solve. The problems are not with the Democrats. They are with science.
The first was the finding in the latest NPR/”PBS NewsHour”/Marist poll that some 49 percent of Republican men and 47 percent of Trump supporters say they will not choose to be vaccinated if a vaccine is available to them.
For all the talk of Blacks being unwilling to be vaccinated because of distrust of government, the percentages of Blacks and whites who said they would choose to be vaccinated were nearly the same. Vaccine refusal is nearly twice as high among Republican men than it is among Blacks.
Throw that stereotype away. Maybe the public health efforts are working. Maybe Republicans aren’t listening.
The availability of a vaccine to protect us from a virus that has killed over half a million of our friends and family members is not a product of a government conspiracy; it is not a product of government at all, except in terms of the billions of dollars the Trump administration invested in the effort to develop a vaccine at “Warp Speed.” That had never been done before for a virus, much less in a year’s time.