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Nurse administers a COVID-19 dose in Los Angeles. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Americans who are not fully vaccinated or not vaccinated at all are much less concerned about the Delta variant than fully vaccinated Americans are, a new CBS poll indicates.

Why it matters: COVID-19 cases are once again rising across the U.S. as health officials become increasingly concerned about the Delta variant, which is significantly more infectious than the original strain and poses an acute threat to the unvaccinated.

The big picture: 48% of "not fully/not vaccinated" respondents said they were concerned about the Delta variant, compared with 72% of fully vaccinated respondents.

  • Among the unvaccinated, since June, there has been a marked uptick in those citing a distrust science, concern about the side effects, and distrust of the government as reasons for not getting the vaccine.
  • Respondents who were adamant they would not get the vaccine and thought President Biden was focusing "too much" on vaccinations leaned majority-Republican.

Methodology: The CBS News survey was conducted by YouGov using a sample of 2,238 U.S. adults interviewed between July 14-17, 2021. The margin of error is ± 2.4 points.

Editor's note: This post has been corrected to reflect that the Delta variant has unvaccinated people twice as likely to be hospitalized if infected.

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Why it matters: Polarization and misinformation are driving competing narratives about how much to fear rising crime, what's causing it, what to do about it and how much to prioritize it as an issue in the 2022 midterms.

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The big picture: Paul claims vindication in his dispute with Fauci, played out at heated Senate hearings, over the level of risk of U.S.-funded research in Wuhan, where COVID began.

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Athletes, staff members and journalists at the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus will be required to quarantine for three weeks, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) outlined in its newly-published "playbooks."

Why it matters: The quarantine period is longer than the Games themselves, meaning vaccinations or an earlier arrival date will be required to participate in or cover the Games.

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