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Voters overwhelmingly credit scientists more than politicians for developing COVID-19 vaccine

A majority of U.S. voters prefer to credit scientists and biomedical companies for developing the vaccine more so than any politician or political administration, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

More than half of all voters – 52% – say “the companies and scientists who developed the vaccine” deserve the most credit for the medicine’s creation and rollout. 

Just 17% credit the Biden administration, while nearly twice as many – 31% – point to the Trump administration. 

Just this past Sunday, former President Trump touted his administration’s efforts to get a vaccine approved in record speed. He pointed out the White House’s “Operation Warped Speed” pushed the Food and Drug Administration to give the vaccines safe, emergency-use approval. The program also provided funding for pharmaceutical companies to develop a vaccine. 

Just the News Daily Poll

RMG Research

The COVID-19 vaccine shattered world records for the fastest rollout of any such medicine in global history. Most vaccines take years to develop, while the coronavirus vaccine was conceived, created, tested and distributed in less than a year. 

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from February 25-27, 2021.

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