Pollster EKOS Politics has released a poll accusing supporters of the Conservative Party of Canada of believing in “disinformation.” The poll, titled “Polarized Gridlock,” suggests a strong correlation between Conservative support and belief in disinformation. However, the objectivity of the poll’s questions has been called into question.
One of the main criticisms of the poll is its lack of objectivity in the questions posed. For example, one question asks about concealing vaccine-related deaths, without providing any context or evidence to support the claim. This lack of objectivity undermines the credibility of the poll and raises concerns about its validity.
Frank Graves, the founder of EKOS and a long-time Liberal supporter, has defended the poll on social media. He dismissed the idea that governments are concealing vaccine-related deaths as a hard “no.” However, when evidence contradicting his claim was shared, Graves disabled comments on his post, suggesting a reluctance to engage in a meaningful discussion.
Contrary to Graves’ claim, there is evidence to suggest that vaccine adverse events are underreported. Testimony from a senior Health Canada official highlighted the underreporting of vaccine adverse events. In the United States, it has been reported that fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are actually reported to the FDA. Similarly, in Canada, the reporting system for adverse events faced delays and confusion for years, while vaccines were being urgently administered to Canadians.
The issue of vaccine adverse events is not limited to underreporting. In fact, there have been lawsuits filed against the Canadian state broadcaster and public servants for negligence and the dissemination of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, such as the promotion of the pharmaceutical industry’s marketing slogan of vaccines being “safe and effective.” These lawsuits demonstrate the concerns surrounding vaccine information and the need for transparency.
It is worth noting that Frank Graves has a history of animosity towards the Conservative Party. He threatened CPC leader Pierre Poilievre last year, raising questions about his impartiality as a pollster. This raises concerns about the motivation behind his characterization of Conservative supporters as believers in disinformation.
The poll conducted by EKOS Politics has raised serious doubts about its objectivity and credibility. The lack of objectivity in the poll’s questions and the bias of its founder undermine its validity. Moreover, the evidence of underreported vaccine adverse events and the lawsuits filed against public servants highlight the need for transparency and accountability in vaccine information. This poll fails to capture the nuanced sociopolitical landscape of Canada and instead appears to serve as inflammatory propaganda.