More Americans are now willing to take a vaccine for Covid-19 – even before Pfizer and Moderna made their vaccine announcements – primarily because of a jump in Democrat willingness, a new Gallup poll found.
The poll, which was conducted between Oct. 19 and Nov. 1, found that 58% of Americans said they would now be willing to take a Covid-19 vaccine. This is up from a low of 50% in September.
The number of people who said that they would not get a vaccine – 42% – is down from 50% in September, but still shows the challenges ahead when it comes to vaccine compliance.
The largest increase in willingness came from Democrats: 69%, compared with 53% in September.
People ages 45 to 64 also had a significant increase, from 36% in September to 49%, although they are still the age group least likely to say they would get a vaccine.
Women and people without college degrees also had 10 point increases in willingness – women going from 44% to 54% and those without college degrees from 45% to 55%.
For Americans who said that they would not get a vaccine, their reasoning included the rushed development timeline (37%), wanting to confirm the vaccine is safe (26%), not trusting vaccines in general (12%), and wanting to wait and see how effective a vaccine will be (10%). An additional 15% gave other reasons, which included the view that the vaccine isn’t necessary, and politicization of a vaccine potentially comprising its safety.