Poll Suggests Autism-Vaccine Debate Divides More Than Ever

Autism Vaccine Debate


In what is probably the best indicator yet of just how divided the nation is
on the autism-vaccine controversy, a new Harris
Interactive/Healthday poll released today
shows that fifty-two percent of
Americans think that vaccines do not cause autism.  The survey comes nearly
one month after the Dr. Wakefield MMR scandal broke and was taken into account
when polling was conducted just last week.  The remaining forty-eight
percent consists of those who aren’t sure of a link (30%) and those who believe
a link exists (18%).  The most notable part of the survey is that 52%
of respondents said that autism might be connected to

With such division in public opinion, it’s evident that the autism-vaccine
debate is not going away anytime soon.  And with these kind of statistics,
we should expect to see the continued contemptuous debates and vitriol that have
reached levels typically reserved for politics.

Pro-vaccine groups, pharmaceutical companies, and governmental health
agencies will continue to push their case dismissing any link between autism and
vaccines, while many parents of children with autism and the anti-vaccine lobby
will undoubtedly fight back in this continuing tug-of-war saga.

What makes the whole scenario disheartening is that autism rates are
continuing to climb (1 in 110 in the US and an astounding 1 in 60 in the UK)
with no easing in sight and the scientific community are still at odds over
potential causes.  As a result, the fighting and squabbling will

Hopefully, in the near future, surveys like the one conducted by Harris
Interactive will not be necessary and we will finally get to the bottom of what
is responsible for such a spike in autism in the last 20 years.  Then the
debate can finally end and the autism community can come together and undo the
massive schism that has been created by this issue.