On Monday we asked for your thoughts on the recent news about measles outbreaks and vaccines. As we indicate just about every week when reporting on our Monday Poll results, these are unscientific surveys. Readers can quibble sometimes — and they do — with how questions are asked or information is sought. And you sometimes can see evidence of a viral campaign to stack the results. It’s hard to miss that in the results below, which are based on more than 5,000 responses, a record for the Monday Poll.
1. Children should not be allowed to attend public schools unless they are vaccinated.
Strongly agree 32%
Strongly disagree 57%
2. Studies that say vaccines are safe and do not cause autism are flawed, sometimes because they are supported by large pharmaceutical companies.
Strongly agree 52%
Strongly disagree 30%
3. The recent news about measles does not warrant much concern, given high vaccination rates for the disease.
Strongly agree 28%
Strongly disagree 32%
4. The anti-vaccine crowd places their personal freedom above the good of others, thereby threatening public health.
Strongly agree 33%
Strongly disagree 59%