Nearly one-in-four Americans say they will never get the Covid vaccine if they can avoid it, according to a Monmouth University national poll released this morning.
Half of the nation want to be vaccinated to prevent them from contracting COVID-19.
A majority of Republicans polled said they would not get the vaccine as soon as possible: 42% said that they would likely never get it, and 17% said they would “see how it goes.”
Nearly two-thirds of Democrats (64%) will get the vaccine as quickly as they could and just 10% said they would never get it.
“Reluctance to get the vaccine is driven more by partisanship than any single demographic factor,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “It says a lot about the depth of our partisan divide that it could impact public health like this.”
President Joe Biden has a 58%-23% job approval rating on his dealing with coronavirus, with former President Donald Trump upside-down at 34%-63%. More than seven-in-ten Americans (71%) expressed confidence that Biden can lead the nation’s recovery from the pandemic, including 36% of Republicans.
“A third of Republicans expressing confidence in Biden does not sound like much, but given the current environment it might just qualify as overwhelming bipartisanship,” Murray said.
The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from January 21-24, with 809 adults in the United States and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5%.MonmouthPoll_US_020321_Redacted