Poll: 40% Of Republicans Unlikely To Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19

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The main reason for those who would not get vaccinated was that they do not trust vaccines in general.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted May 25-28 found that 40 percent of Republicans said they would not get vaccinated against the coronavirus, even for free.

  • Overall, ABC News reported that 27 percent of the 1,001 adults sampled said they “definitely (15 percent) or probably (12 percent) would not get the vaccine.”
  • Among them, 50 percent said they do not trust vaccines in general, and nearly a quarter said they do not think it is necessary for coronavirus.
  • Among Democrats, 81 percent of them said they would definitely or probably get it, compared to 58 percent of Republicans.

A mix of groups express less interest in getting vaccinated – 46% of Republican women, 45% (as noted) very conservative Americans, 40% of Republicans and 37% of evangelical Christians.

  • According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the net 71 percent of adults who said they would definitely or probably get the vaccine is “much higher than the adult vaccination rate for the standard seasonal flu – 45% in the 2018-19 flu season,” wrote ABC News.

ABC News wrote that “experience and expectations play a role” in the intentions to get vaccinated.

  • For example, 81 percent of Americans living in areas with the most COVID-19 cases were more likely to say they would get the vaccine, compared to 61 percent of those living in counties with the least amount of cases.
  • “Willingness also peaks among those most concerned about how the virus may affect them,” ABC News reported. The poll found that among those who were worried about their family members catching the virus, 85 percent said they would get vaccinated.
  • In addition, interest in a vaccine was also affected by people’s priorities.
    “Among those who say it’s more important to try to stop the spread of the virus, 81 percent [said] they’re likely to get vaccinated, compared with 56 percent of those who [said] it’s more important to try to restart the economy,” the report stated.

The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, NY with sampling and data collection by Abt Associates of Rockville, MD.

Read the full report here.

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