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Gov. Phil Murphy visits a COVID-19 vaccination site at the the Iglesia Pentecostal Asamblea de Dios in Trenton on February 24, 2021. (Pool Photo: John Berry/The Trentonian.)

Nearly 60% of N.J. give negative reviews to N.J. vaccine rollout plan, poll says

McCloud: ‘We clearly have more work to do to ensure that the distribution is equitable’

By David Wildstein, February 24 2021 9:47 am

In numbers that could affect Gov. Phil Murphy’s re-election campaign, New Jersey voters are ready to be vaccinated for COVID-19 but 59% rate the state’s rollout of vaccinations negatively, according to a Project Ready Poll released on Wednesday.

The poll shows that 71% of New Jerseyans either have or plan to receive the vaccine, with 29% saying they won’t – up from 60% who said they would in a November poll.  The most significant gains have come from Hispanics, who are up 22%, and independents, who have seen a 17% increase.

White voters are three times as likely to say they have already been vaccinated than Black voters, 18%-6%.

“While it’s encouraging to see acceptance of the vaccine increase, we clearly have more work to do to ensure that the distribution is equitable,” said Project Ready executive director Shennell McCloud. “We encourage state leaders to double-down on efforts to engage communities of color when it comes to the vaccine.”

Republicans are the only demographic where less than 50% would agree to receive the Covid vaccine.

Voter approval for the state’s vaccine distribution plan breaks in New Jersey breaks along party lines: Democrats view it positively, 58%-36%, but Republicans are dramatically upside-down, 6%-87%.   Voter approval of the vaccine rollout among independents is also upside-down, 23%-63%.

Black voters approve of the vaccination rollout so far, 57%-22%, but it’s closer among Hispanics (49%-41%) and underwater among white voters, 27%-67%.

The state plan gets positive reviews only from urban areas in Essex and Hudson counties, but is largely negative in North Jersey suburbs, in the northwestern part of the state, in South Jersey and at the Jersey Shore.

The Project Ready poll was conducted from February 12-15 with a sample size of 960 using dynamic sampling technology and has a margin of error of +/- 3.6%.

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