A majority of Americans are distrustful of pharmaceutical companies and believe they’re involved in nefarious, profit-centered conspiracies, at least according to a poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University.
The July 31 poll found that 66 percent of adults nationwide believed that drug makers were intentionally holding back development on cures for illnesses and disease, since the treatment of chronic illnesses would be better for their profits.
FDU’s poll surveyed 1,001 adults nationwide by cellphone or landline, between April 25 and May 1, and inquired their beliefs on scientific conspiracies.
“A thread that links all of these claims about the use of things like fluoride, vaccines, cellphones and treatment drugs is a protection of profits over the general welfare of the public,” said Krista Jenkins, a professor of political science, who headed the FDU poll.
Less than 43 percent of respondents said they believe the addition of fluoride in the drinking water was a cheap and fast way for chemical companies to dispose of toxic waste. Forty-seven percent of respondents thought that conspiracy was entirely false.
The same poll found that 34 percent of Americans believed cellphones were dangerous to their health and that large corporations were preventing public health officials from warning the public.
Granted, 53 percent were okay with their cellphones, and didn’t think the devices were a threat to their health.
And lastly, according to the poll, 16 percent of respondents believed that yes, vaccines do cause autism.
“When you say you don’t believe the drug industry has your back, or that something as essential to modern life as a cellphone is also unsafe, you’re saying the powers that be value the almighty dollar over your health and wellness,” Jenkins added.