About one-in-four Americans said in a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll that they would likely or definitely not get vaccinated against the coronavirus, even if a vaccine were available for free.
The survey found that Republicans were the most likely to refuse vaccination, followed by independents. Democrats were the most likely to get vaccinated, if one were available for free.
- 71% of all adults would get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
- 27% of all adults would not.
- 81% of Democrats would get vaccinated.
- 17% of Democrats would not.
- 58% of Republicans would get vaccinated.
- 40% of Republicans would not.
- 72% of independents would get vaccinated.
- 25% of independents would not.
Interest in a vaccine is highest among seniors and men who have registered as Democrats. It’s lowest in Republican women, very conservative Americans and evangelical Christians. Residents of the Northeast and city-dwellers are also more likely to get vaccinated compared to those who live in the South and rural areas.
Of those who said they would not get vaccinated against the coronavirus, most said that it’s because they don’t trust vaccines in general.
- 50% don’t trust vaccines.
- 23% don’t think a vaccine is necessary.
- 20% had another reason.
- 5% were split between not trusting vaccines and not thinking it’s necessary.
The poll was conducted on behalf of ABC and the Post by Langer Research Associates of New York, NY. Langer polled 1,001 adults across the country from May 25-28, with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.
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