Although a group of Americans remains skeptical of the COVID-19 vaccine options currently available, it appears that a majority of citizens believe former President Donald Trump deserves the credit for initiating the medical breakthrough.
Despite President Joe Biden’s attempt to take credit for the millions of shots that have been administered since his inauguration, a recent Rasmussen survey showed that 51% of respondents give Trump credit for leading the development of the vaccines.
Of course, since the vaccines were available while Trump was still in office, it might seem strange that more than 4 in 10 Americans believe Biden deserves the majority of the credit.
It is less surprising, however, that the lion’s share of those who credit Biden are in the Democratic Party.
More than 7 in 10 Democrats say the current president deserves more recognition for the achievements, compared to just 32% of independents.
Biden spent his early months in office downplaying Trump’s role and claiming that his predecessor left the incoming administration unprepared to distribute shots on a wide scale.
The president proved successful in meeting his early goals for inoculating as many Americans as possible, but recent weeks have seen a marked slowdown in the vaccination rate.
“Way behind schedule”
As Biden struggles to maintain momentum, a recent poll found that many unvaccinated Americans believe the shot is more dangerous than COVID-19 itself.
Trump hit back at his successor in a statement on Sunday, accusing Biden of attempting to take credit for the vaccine and insisting that many people mistrust the shot because they do not have confidence in the current White House.
“He’s way behind scheduled, and people are refusing to take the Vaccine because they don’t trust his Administration, they don’t trust the Election results, and they certainly don’t trust the Fake News, which is refusing to tell the Truth,” the former president wrote.
For his part, Biden has arguably engaged in the politicization of the vaccine, even remarking during the 2020 presidential campaign that the vaccines could be dangerous because Trump led their development.