Feb 25, 2021 - Health

Republicans are least likely to want the coronavirus vaccine

Reproduced from Civiqs; Chart: Axios Visuals
Reproduced from Civiqs; Chart: Axios Visuals

Americans of all ages, education levels, genders, races and political parties say they're more likely than not to get the coronavirus vaccine — except Republicans.

Why it matters: Vaccine hesitancy is higher among white Republicans than any other demographic group, and it hasn't been improving much as the vaccination effort continues, according to Civiqs polling.

By the numbers: 41% of Republicans say they don't plan to get a vaccine if it's available to them. Only 33% say they do plan to get vaccinated.

  • 70% of Democrats and a plurality of independents (47%) say they plan to get vaccinated.
  • White Americans are now less likely than Black and Latino Americans to say they plan to get the vaccine.

Between the lines: States' levels of vaccine hesitancy correlate strongly with their politics, according to CoVaxxy, a project by Indiana University's Observatory on Social Media.

  • Blue states have lower rates of vaccine refusal than red states, and battleground states are generally somewhere in the middle.
  • Wyoming, North Dakota and Mississippi have some of the highest rates of vaccine refusal, while Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut have some of the lowest.

The bottom line: The virus doesn't care about politics, and it certainly won't confine itself to states with the largest unvaccinated populations.

  • High rates of vaccine hesitancy among any group threatens our collective progress against the pandemic, meaning that it's just as important to reach white Republicans as it is to reach other hesitant groups.
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