A new Pew report has some interesting revelations on how vaccine beliefs break down along party lines. The poll found that 1 out of 3 Republicans and Independents said the decision to vaccinate should left for parents to decide, as opposed to 1 out of 5 Democrats.
The poll also revealed that young adults are more likely to believe that parents should be able to choose. An estimated 41 percent of 18-to-29-years olds believed it should be a parent’s decision to vaccinate, compared to just 20 percent of adults 65 years or older.
From Mother Jones:
Some attribute this divide to the fact that Measles have become rare since 1963, when the first Measles vaccine was introduced. In 1958, there were 750,000 cases of the disease. By 1968 this number had fallen to 22,000. By 2000 there were only 86 confirmed Measles cases reported to the CDC. Number stayed low until 2014 when the Center for Disease Control reported an outbreak of more than 600 cases. It was the first spike in a decade and was largely linked to unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio.