According to a Morning Consult poll, Republicans are three times more likely to reject a coronavirus vaccine than Democrats, reports The Hill. Nearly 20 percent of Republicans said they would not consider the vaccine if it were available, in comparison to 7 percent of Democrats and 16 percent of Independents.
The poll is based on the opinions of 2,200 U.S. adults, which was last conducted on May 1-2. The poll has an error margin of 2 percent.
Seventy-one percent of Democrats said they would get a vaccine, as did 61 percent of Republicans and 58 percent of independents, based on the poll.
Twenty-two percent of Democrats were indifferent or unsure, and 26 percent of Independents and 19 percent of Republicans also polled with no hard stance one way or the other.
The difference seems to stem from each group’s perspective on how dangerous the virus is: 36 percent of Democrats label the virus a “severe health risk” in their community, while only 23 percent of Republicans feel the same.
Thirty percent of Americans overall say the virus is a severe risk, which is down from 41 percent on April 1st.