More than 4 in 10 Republicans won’t take COVID vaccine, poll says

Posted Apr 14, 2021

The vast majority of Democrats are anxious to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Not so with Republicans, according to a poll released Wednesday.

A Monmouth University Poll found 43% of Republicans said they won’t take a shot in the arm, compared with just 5% of Democrats.

Overall, 1 in 5 Americans, 21%, said they had no plans to be vaccinated, even as the virus continues to spread and new variants are discovered. That was statistically about the same as the 24% who said last month that they would not take the vaccine.

The survey was conducted before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended a pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after potentially dangerous blood clots were found in six women after they received the single-shot dose.

“The number of people who have been skittish about the vaccine has dropped as more Americans line up for the shot, but the hard core group who want to avoid it at all costs has barely budged,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

“The recent news about J&J vaccines is probably not going to help that situation. On the other hand, it might not make it all that much worse since much of this reluctance is really ingrained in partisan identity.”

A slight majority, 51%, said they had received at least one shot and 14% said they would be vaccinated as soon as they were eligible to do so. A majority of whites, 54%, said they had received a shot, compared with 45% of people of color.

New Jersey health facilities and other sites have given more than 5.5 million doses, including more than 3.5 million people with at least one shot and more than 2.2 million — nearly 1 in 3 adults — considered fully vaccinated, according to state data.

The poll gave President Joe Biden high marks for his handling of the coronavirus, with 62% saying he was doing a good job, including 20% of Republicans and 61% of independents, and 31% saying he was doing a bad job. That’s up from 57% positive and 31% negative in March. His overall job approval rating stood at 54% with 41% disapproving.

“Goodwill for the president remains high, particularly for his response to the pandemic,” Murray said.

The poll of 800 adults was conducted April 8-12 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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