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Over 1 In 4 Republicans Unwilling To Take Vaccines As GOP Ramps Up Advocacy, Poll Shows

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at July 23, 2021

Topline

As more Republican lawmakers urge Americans to get vaccinated against coronavirus amid a surge in cases, polls suggest they will run up against an immovable object as rates of vaccine hesitancy remain stubbornly high among GOP voters.

Key Facts

A Morning Consult poll of 38,666 U.S. adults released Friday found 28% of Republicans were unwilling to be vaccinated, with another 12% said they’re uncertain.

That’s unchanged from a Morning Consult poll in mid-March – when less than 10% of Americans were fully vaccinated, compared to 55% now – even as the number of unwilling Democrats and independents ticked down slightly.

GOP politicians have given more full-throated endorsements of the shots in recent days, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who signed a bill in March banning all vaccine passports, saying on Wednesday, “These vaccines are saving lives.”

Some of the loudest voices in the GOP, like Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), remain vaccine skeptics, with Greene briefly banned from Twitter this week for making false statements about Covid-19.

An AP-NORC poll of 1,308 U.S. adults released Monday found a belief that the vaccine is powerless against the more infectious Delta variant is another contributor to hesitancy to get immunized, with 64% of unvaccinated respondents saying they have little to no confidence they can fight variants.

Crucial Quote

“It never occurred to me, after three highly effective vaccines were developed in under a year, that we’d have difficulty getting Americans to take the shots. But that’s obviously where we are,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a press conference on Tuesday. McConnell warned that if people don’t get vaccinated, “We’re going to be back in a situation in the fall that we don’t yearn for.”

Big Number

80%. That’s the share of unvaccinated respondents to the AP-NORC poll who said they probably or definitely will not get the shots, with only 16% saying they probably will and 3% saying they definitely will.

Surprising Fact

Despite his frequent embrace of coronavirus pseudoscience and conspiracy theories last year, former President Donald Trump has been a fairly consistent advocate of vaccination even as some of his diehard supporters have cast doubt on vaccines’ safety and efficacy. “The vaccine is saving the world,” he said in a statement earlier last month, calling them “wonderful” and demanding credit for their development.

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