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Royal POLL: Should Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview have won an Emmy? VOTE

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appeared on Oprah for a bombshell tell-all interview that rocked the Royal Family in March 2021. The interview was nominated in the Best Hosted Non-Fiction Series category at the Emmys Awards, which recognises excellence in US TV.

The programme did not win the gong at the ceremony on Sunday though, instead Stanley Tucci’s CNN series “Searching for Italy” pipped Oprah’s royal interview to the post for the title.

Elsewhere in the category, the likes of David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction and United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell were also up for the accolade.

Express.co.uk is asking readers for their opinion on whether or not you think the interview should have won the gong, after the couple spoke with eye-opening candour and delivered jaw-dropping accusations and rebukes against the monarchy.

The interview, aired earlier this year, was watched by nearly 50 million people globally in the first three days, according to broadcaster CBS.

The televised interview marked the first TV appearance for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following the events of Megxit the year prior, which saw them step away from royal duties and move to the US.

The highly anticipated open conversation between Oprah, Prince Harry and Meghan allowed the couple to share their side of the story about life in the Royal Family.

During the two-hour TV special, the Sussexes made claims that were explosive and potentially damaging to the Royal Family.

The couple openly spoke about their relationships with other royals, the racism they had faced and how their mental health suffered within The Firm.

READ MORE: Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview loses at Emmys

The Duchess of Sussex also candidly spoke about her mental health struggles during her time as a senior royal, and claimed that she was on the verge of suicide but was refused help.

During the interview she said her mental health got so bad that she “didn’t want to be alive any more”.

She said: “I went to the institution and I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help, said I had never felt that way before and need to go somewhere, and I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”

Elsewhere, accusations were also made that there was a rift forming between Prince Harry, and his father Prince Charles.

After stepping back from the Royal Family, Harry said Charles “stopped taking my calls”, and the couple said a “lack of support and lack of understanding” was the simplest reason they stepped away from royal duties.

In a statement in the aftermath of the interview, Buckingham Palace said: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”

Do you think the explosive interview should have claimed the gong at the Emmy Awards earlier this week? Vote in favour, or oppose in our exclusive poll and let us know what you think in the comments section.

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EU humiliated as Swiss overwhelmingly reject joining Brussels bloc – bombshell poll

The latest research deals a blow to EU bosses who are keen to bring the land-locked European nation into the fold. A survey showed 64 percent of Swiss participants are against joining the bloc while 58 percent backed their government’s decision to break off talks with Brussels in May.

Just one in five of those surveyed opposed politicians’ decision to end the talks.

The Swiss walked out on seven-year negotiations claiming the terms of the deal tabled by the EU were simply unacceptable.

Ignazio Cassis, the country’s foreign minister, said the requests made by him and his colleagues were “not met”.

Brussels responded with a warning, saying Switzerland risks losing its “privileged access” to the bloc’s markets.

The non-member state is the bloc’s fourth-largest trading partner and its economy is closely integrated with the 27 countries that are part of the EU.

Citizens in Switzerland and throughout the bloc enjoy a mutual right to free movement.

Two months after negotiations crumbled, a poll shows Switzerland’s population is not keen on the idea of becoming the 28th member state.

Just four in 10 of those surveyed said they would like to see fresh discussions on joining kick-started between Bern and the EU, according to a poll carried out by research institute Marketagent.com.

READ MORE: Brussels shamed after threatening Switzerland’s electricity

The EU serves as the largest trading partner for the Swiss, with its exports making up 5.2 percent of the bloc’s imports.

Goods sent to member states are mainly chemicals, medicines, machinery and timepieces.

The Swiss are famed for their watch-making skills and the globe’s largest manufacturer, the Swatch Group, is based in the town of Bienne.

The survey comes just weeks after Brussels threatened to kick Switzerland out of the European electricity market as relations continued to sour.

With no deal to join the bloc insight, the Swiss will not be able to participate in the bloc’s so-called power-market coupling.

As a result, large-scale power outages remain a real but minor risk in the Alpine country.

Switzerland plays a key role in the EU’s electricity scheme through the clean energy it produces and the power that passes through its borders.

More than 1,000 people in German and French-speaking parts of Switzerland took part in the survey.

It was carried out between June 11 and 18.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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Half of Unvaccinated in US Unconcerned About Delta Variant: Poll

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

About half of unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Americans aren’t concerned about the contagious Delta variant, according to a new CBS/YouGov poll.

Among unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people, 48% said they were “personally concerned” about the Delta variant, as compared with 72% of fully vaccinated people who said they were concerned.

Public health officials have voiced warnings in recent weeks about the rapid spread of the Delta variant, especially in locations with low vaccination rates.

“I am worried about what is to come because we are seeing increasing cases among the unvaccinated in particular,” Vivek Murthy, MD, the U.S. surgeon general, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“And while, if you are vaccinated, you are very well protected against hospitalization and death, unfortunately, that is not true if you are not vaccinated,” he added.

About 68% of U.S. adults have received at least one vaccine dose, according to the latest CDC tally updated on Sunday. About 59% are considered fully vaccinated.

The CBS/YouGov poll found that 53% of unvaccinated Americans said they wouldn’t get a shot due to potential side effects. About 50% said they don’t trust the U.S. government, and 45% said they don’t trust the science behind the COVID-19 vaccines.

In addition, 74% of the unvaccinated group said they’d still reject a COVID-19 vaccine, even if their own doctor recommended it. Conducted between July 14-17, the poll included more than 2,200 U.S. adults.

More than 186 million Americans have received at least one vaccine dose, and 161 million are fully vaccinated. A remaining 90 million eligible people have yet to receive a shot, according to Newsweek.

About 99.5% of current COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are occurring in unvaccinated patients, Murthy said Sunday.

“That’s why it is so important that we take every measure possible to make sure people have the information they need about the vaccine, to make sure they have access to the vaccine and to help them get vaccinated as quickly as possible,” he said. “It is our fastest, most effective way out of this pandemic.”

Sources:

CBS News: “Biden nets positive marks for handling pandemic, but vaccine resistance, Delta concern remains — CBS News poll.”

CNN: “State of the Union, July 18, 2021.”

CDC: “COVID-19 Vaccinations in the United States.”

Newsweek: “Over Half of Unvaccinated Americans Say They’re Not Concerned About Delta Variant: Poll.”

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About one-fifth of Americans were hesitant about or squarely against getting the Covid vaccine, according to a new poll. Here’s what’s changing their minds.

The survey reached back out to people first polled in January to see how their views on the issue had evolved. Those who had decided to be vaccinated after saying they weren’t sure about or didn’t intend to get the shot “often say that family, friends and their personal doctors helped change their minds,” the foundation found.
Most people who’d made firm decisions one way or the other in January hadn’t budged since. Of those who were unvaccinated at the start of the year, only about 8% had changed their minds — the rest either stuck with their initial choice or had started off unsure what they would end up doing.
But those who did change their minds or reached decisions after initial uncertainty often decided in favor of the vaccine. Not only had 92% of those who’d intended to get the vaccine done so, but so had 54% of those who said they planned to wait and see, as well as 24% of those who initially had said they definitely would not get the vaccine or would get it only if required to. By contrast, only 8% who’d been on the fence in January said in June that they’d definitely decided against getting the shot.
Of those who’d decided to get the vaccine after being initially less than certain, roughly half said they had been persuaded by something they’d learned or heard, and 36% said they’d been persuaded by somebody they talked to.
A quarter who’d gotten the vaccine after initial hesitation said they had been reassured to see other people getting vaccinated without ill effects. Many mentioned their families and friends getting the shot; one woman said she’d been convinced of the vaccine’s safety after President Joe Biden got vaccinated.
“I became convinced that some of the rumored side effects were not true,” one Colorado man, a 69-year-old political independent who’d initially said he’d get the shot only if required, told the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Others who eventually decided to get the vaccine cited pressure from family and friends (8%) or a desire to visit loved ones safely (3%).
One woman, a 42-year-old Republican from Indiana, told pollsters in January that she definitely wouldn’t get the shot. This summer, however, she reported she’d been vaccinated: “My husband bugged me to get it and I gave in.”
Reassurance and recommendations from doctors and health care providers also played a role (11%). A 28-year-old Iowa woman said she’d initially held off because she was worried about getting the vaccine while breastfeeding, but heard from doctors that she’d be able to give her baby antibodies.
A few said they’d chosen to get the shot because of restrictions placed on unvaccinated people — one man, for instance, because he needed the vaccination to visit the Bahamas.
About 56.2% of Americans 12 or older had been fully vaccinated as of Monday, and vaccination rates remain dangerously low in states such as Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas, which are also seeing some of the worst daily coronavirus case rates in the nation.
About one-fifth of adults who are still unvaccinated mentioned side effects as their main reason for not getting vaccinated, the Kaiser Family Foundation poll found. Others remained concerned about the vaccine’s safety, or said they didn’t see benefits in getting vaccinated.
“My husband got the vaccine and all the side effects,” said one Californian, a 42-year-old Hispanic woman who said she’d decided against getting the vaccine. “I cannot be sick, I am the rock of the family.”
Although the persuadable share of the public has dwindled since January, it hasn’t disappeared. A tenth of Americans still say they’re waiting to see how the vaccine works for others before they make up their minds.
The KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor surveyed 878 US adults June 15-23, using a nationally representative online panel. All the respondents had previously participated in a January survey. The margin of sampling error, including the design effect for the full sample, is plus or minus 4 percentage points for the June survey.

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Majority of Brazilians support impeaching Bolsonaro: Poll

President Jair Bolsonaro faces rising pressure over coronavirus crisis, as well as alleged corruption and vaccine deal.

A majority of Brazilians say they support impeaching Jair Bolsonaro, according to a poll released on Saturday, as the country’s far-right president faces allegations of corruption and mounting pressure over his handling of the coronavirus crisis.

The Datafolha survey showed 54 percent of Brazilians support a proposed move by the Brazilian lower house to open impeachment proceedings against Bolsonaro, compared to 42 percent who oppose it.

In the last Datafolha survey on the issue, released in May, supporters and opponents of impeachment were essentially tied.

Bolsonaro, a COVID-19 sceptic who has dismissed the virus as a “little flu”, has faced months of public pressure – including several large protests and a Senate inquiry – as the pandemic has ravaged Brazil, killing more than 531,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

A recent string of scandals, including questions about alleged irregularities in his government’s coronavirus vaccine procurement process and accusations of past corruption, have added to the president’s woes.

Last month, federal investigators announced they had opened an investigation into a government contract worth 1.6 billion reals ($ 320m) for 20 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine made by India’s Bharat Biotech, Covaxin.

The prosecutor-general’s office (PGR) cited comparatively high prices, speedy talks and pending regulatory approvals as red flags for the Bharat contract signed in February, before similar deals with Pfizer Inc and Johnson & Johnson.

Bolsonaro has been accused of failing to take “any action after being notified of the existence of a giant corruption scheme in the Health Ministry” – an allegation he denies.

In a radio interview on Saturday, Bolsonaro said he had taken measures after the officials shared their concerns about the Covaxin deal, but he did not elaborate further.

“I meet with 100 people per month about the most varied topics imaginable,” he told Radio Gaucha in southern Brazil. “I took measures in this case.”

Last week, Bolsonaro also was accused of being involved in a scheme to skim salaries of his aides while a federal deputy.

Citing what it said were audio recordings of Bolsonaro’s former sister-in-law explaining his role in the alleged racket, Brazilian website UOL reported that the racket involved hiring close associates as employees and then receiving a cut of their public salaries back from them.

The scandals are heaping pressure on the president, who is expected to face a challenge from former leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva when Brazilians head to the polls next year for presidential elections.

Thousands of people protested across Brazil last weekend to demand his resignation.

In a separate Datafolha poll, released on Thursday, 51 percent of Brazilians said they disapproved of Bolsonaro, the highest figure since he took office in January 2019.

Travel poll: Will you visit an amber country this summer? Vote now

“To be clear, a full vaccination means 14 days have passed since your final dose of the vaccine, and it’s also important to note that health matters are devolved, so decision-making and implementation may differ across the UK administrations and we’ll continue to work with the devolved administrations to ensure we achieve our shared objectives of safe, sustainable and robust return to international travel.”

Mr Shapps added: “I don’t underestimate for a second just how difficult the last 16 months have been for those who have not been able to travel to see their families, and the tourism and for the aviation sector itself, of course, and no minister, let alone Transport Secretary, would want to ever curtail freedom and ask people not to travel.

“But protecting public health has rightly been and will continue to be our overriding priority of this Government, and that’s why we introduced some of the toughest border measures in the world.

“But we are now, thanks to our brilliant vaccination programme, in a position where we can start to think about how we live with coronavirus while returning life to a sense of normality.”

Author: ANDREA BLAZQUEZ
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UFO mania: Startling poll finds majority of Americans believe alien ETs are real

A Pew Research Center poll has concluded about two-thirds of Americans believe alien life exists somewhere out there among the stars. UFO mania has swept across the US in recent months thanks to the US Pentagon publishing its highly anticipated report on UFO sightings. Although the report did not validate the existence of extraterrestrials – as many hoped – it did not outright deny this possibility and that is a big deal in and of itself.

The Pew Research Center carried out is poll just before the Pentagon report was published, and examined America’s attitudes towards ETs.

The survey of more than 10,400 Americans asked questions about the existence of aliens and the possibility of ETs visiting our planet.

About 65 percent of those surveyed, said intelligent life exists somewhere on other planets.

Only 34 percent said alien life “does not” exist on other planets and a mere two percent refused to answer the question.

READ MORE: Experts say UFO sighting over Indonesian volcano did come from space

The survey then asked whether UFOs reported by people in the military are evidence of alien life.

This time around, 51 percent answered affirmatively – 40 percent said “probably” and 11 percent said “definitely”.

The majority, however, appeared sceptical towards the idea with 47 percent of people disagreeing.

About 36 percent said “probably not” and 11 percent said “definitely not” to the question.

Once again, two percent of those surveyed refused to answer the question.

Once again, three percent of those surveyed refused to answer the question.

The pollsters then asked surveyees whether UFOs hold hostile attitudes.

Interestingly enough, an astounding 74 percent said they are neither hostile nor friendly.

Only 17 percent guessed UFOs are friendly and seven percent said the opposite.

The survey of 10,417 US adults was conducted between June 14 and June 24 – one day before the Pentagon report was published.

The Pew Research Center said: “The survey is weighted to be representative of the US adult population by gender, race, ethnicity, partisan affiliation, education and other categories.”

The Pew Research Center has also examined Americans’ attitudes towards UFOs based on age.

Survey results show younger Americans are more likely to believe aliens are alive on other planets.

For instance, 76 percent of people in the 18 to 28 age group, believe in intelligent life beyond Earth, compared to just 56 percent in the 65+ group.

Author: Sebastian Kettley
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Poll shows Matthew McConaughey highly favorable for governor against Gov. Abbott

While it’s not 100% sure actor Matthew McConaughey will be running for Texas governor, he seems to already be a fan favorite against current Gov. Greg Abbott.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows the actor and Texas native gaining a lot of attention.

According to the poll, 41% of voters said they would like to see him run. The other 47% said they wouldn’t.

SEE RELATED STORY: Run for Texas governor now ‘a real consideration,’ Matthew McConaughey says

Wondering what the poll says about Abbott?

Well, it depends on who you ask. Most Republicans said Abbott deserves to be reelected. Meanwhile, most Democrats and Independents say he does not deserve to be reelected.

In general, 49% said Abbott was favorable, 43% said he was unfavorable and 7% said they haven’t heard enough.

Based on this poll, it’s safe to say McConaughey and Abbott would have a fairly competitive run. That’s if McConaughey commits to a political run.

Another man to keep your eyes on is Texas GOP Chairman Allen West.

West announced Sunday he is running for governor.

“I’ve not been in elected political office for about a decade, but I can no longer sit on the sidelines and see what has happened in these United States of America and … the place that I call home,” West said in the video, which was preceded by West reading aloud the Declaration of Independence to the churchgoers gathering on July fourth.

West’s campaign launch comes about a month after he announced his resignation as state party chairman. The resignation is effective July 11, when the State Republican Executive Committee is set to meet to pick West’s successor as chair.

According to the new poll, 25% of voters said West was favorable, 10% said he was unfavorable and 65% said they haven’t heard enough.

SEE RELATED: Allen West announces he is running against Gov. Greg Abbott in Republican primary

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