CNN’s misleading headline: 68% did NOT say they’d avoid ‘normal life’ without vaccine

CNN’s misleading headline: 68% did NOT say they’d avoid ‘normal life’ without vaccine
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[Ed. – It’s a real question, however: how many younger adults are in fact unable to make that distinction through reading comprehension? Some of them probably work for CNN.]

Two-thirds of Americans said they would not return to “normal life” until a vaccine becomes available for COVID-19, according to CNN.

The ramifications of this finding would be well worth discussing, since the timeline for a vaccine is unknowable: It could be available next year, in three years, or never. But it turns out that the headline, “68% of Americans say a vaccine is needed before returning to normal life, new survey finds,” is fake news. …

The actual question was “How important are each of the following factors to you when thinking about your willingness to return to your normal activities?” The option “availability of a vaccine to prevent COVID-19” was important to 68 percent of respondents. That’s quite different: A vaccine could be “very important” to people without being absolutely mandatory.

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