I'd never heard of Kirsch until I saw these polls mentioned on one of the conspiracy sites. He's been fast and loose with his interpretation of data and sensationalistic in making his points. Still, he started this survey approach, which I think is a GREAT idea because we aren't getting meaningful data anywhere else.
I also understand why people like Kirsch are so sensational. They sincerely believe that millions of people are going to die because of the boneheaded and possibly corrupt action of medical leaders and Big Pharma. The see the ends as justifying the means so they sensationalize these reports in hopes that more people will see them and act.
Meanwhile, on the other side, reports of adverse effects are rejected off hand by pro vaxxers on circular logic. "The vaccine is safe so the adverse events you're seeing aren't vaxx related so don't report them. The events then don't get reported so there is no data on adverse events. Since there is no data on adverse events, the vaccine is safe."
The scientific approach would be to track every event post-vaccination and look for trends. Based on reports from ER techs, doctors, and nurses, that's not being done. They're being told to shut up.
I've pointed out several times what needs to be done. New cases of diseases that have been possibly linked to the vaccine should be tracked by week by illness by vaccination status. (I'd also like to see it by race and age group. Those surveys *seem* to indicate that adverse events are 2x more likely in blacks and 3x more likely in Hispanics. It should be investigated.