No, 68 Percent of Americans Did Not Say They Would Avoid ‘Normal Life’ Until There’s a Coronavirus Vaccine

CNN badly misreported a Gallup poll.

by Robby Soave

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 CNN article cites a Gallup poll as its source. But Gallup did not poll respondents on the question of whether a vaccine was “needed before returning to normal life,” which was CNN’s wording of the question in the headline.

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