One of the main reasons I write BeeLine is because I so often see facts that are so removed from the perceptions of the public.
I spend a lot of time providing facts, data and context around issues in which perceptions have become reality to so many people.
Nowhere has that been more apparent in the last year than with people's perceptions about the risks of Covid-19.
There is no better example than this recent survey which asked people what are the chances that someone with Covid must be hospitalized?
The correct answer is 1%-5% with the actual percent closer to 1% when taking account of the large number of Covid cases that were never confirmed by testing.
Look at the answers to the survey in the chart below.
Notice how political bias influences the answer. 41% of Democrats believe that more than half of those with Covid end up being hospitalized?
However, more people answered 50% and up than any other percentage with every political group.
Note as well that the media portrays Republicans as "Covid deniers", or worse, yet they have the best handle on the true facts.
How can perceptions be so far removed from reality?
The only answer is that perceptions have been shaped by a media and political narrative rather than real facts.
It would be easy to laugh this off as a bunch of misinformed and misguided individuals but these people in turn provide the political support and backing for continuing economic lockdowns, school closures and mandatory mask policies.
These are the same people who are trying to push to the front of the line to be vaccinated and will undoubtedly soon be arguing that everyone in the country needs to be inoculated with experimental vaccines that have only be authorized for emergency use. That includes school age children in which the hospitalization rate from Covid can barely be seen in this chart from the CDC.
In the meantime, deaths from any cause for those aged 0-24 in the United States have been falling for the last year despite the fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic.
Have we ever seen anything resembling this in the history of mankind?
By the way, the word pandemic is derived from the Greek words pan, all, and demos, people, meaning literally that it affects all people alike. This has hardly been the case with Covid.
Looking at the facts, what has been the justification to close schools and colleges over the last year?
Another subject in which you are most certainly going to find a wide disparity between people's perceptions and reality involves taxation.
Most believe that they pay more than they should as well as believe that those making more than they don't pay enough.
A recent Rasmussen poll found that more than half of Americans believe that they are paying more than their fair share of taxes.
The same poll found that when asked the question how much taxes does a person pay who makes twice as much as they are, few thought the higher earners were paying at least twice as much in taxes.
Only 7% believed that someone making twice their income paid more than twice as much in taxes.