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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

According to the latest Gallup poll, Americans' willingness get a coronavirus vaccine has dropped to 50% in late September, a dramatic 11-point fall from the previous month.

Why it matters: This steep drop is further evidence that the vaccine has been politicized. Republicans are now more willing to be vaccinated, while Democrats and independents have become increasingly uncomfortable.

Driving the news: These results follow President Trump's announcement that he was pushing for a coronavirus vaccine before the election. This timeline is unlikely as the FDA has posted vaccine guidance that requires drugmakers to monitor clinical trial participants for a median of two months after they receive their final dose.

  • The decrease is due to many Americans losing confidence in the approval process for the vaccine. According to Gallup, they won't take an FDA-approved vaccine "right now" because of Trump.
  • Since early August, young adults have been consistently more positive about taking the vaccine than middle-aged and older adults.
  • Men are 12% more comfortable than women getting the vaccine. The latest poll showed 56% of men versus 44% of women say they would get it.
  • Parents of minors are less likely to vaccinate themselves than non-parents. The latest poll shows parents are at its lowest at 44%, while 52% of non-parents still say they would be vaccinated.

Methodology: Results for this Gallup poll are based on self-administered web surveys conducted Sept. 14-27, 2020, with a random sample of 2,730 adults, aged 18 and older, who are members of the Gallup Panel.

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Why it matters: For most parents, pre-pandemic expectations around screen time are no longer realistic. The concern now has shifted from the number of hours in front of screens to the quality of screen time.

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Joe Biden will start his presidency next week with relatively strong performance ratings, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

On the other hand: President Trump will leave the the White House with his lowest approval rating ever.

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The bomb cyclone and atmospheric river seen via satellite on Sunday. The center of the storm is at the middle of the comma shape, due west of Washington State. (CIRA/RAMMB)

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.