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Poll: More than a third of Americans say they won't get a coronavirus vaccine when it comes out

Posted August 14, 2020 11:42 a.m. EDT
Updated August 14, 2020 12:02 p.m. EDT

A new poll from NPR/PBS News Hour found that more than a third of Americans said they wouldn't get vaccinated for the coronavirus when a vaccine becomes available. Sixty percent of Americans say they will get the vaccine when it comes out.

The survey shows that there are wide gaps between education and political party when it comes to who says they will be vaccinated and who says they won't. Those who have college degrees are 19 points more likely to say they want to get vaccinated than those who don't.

Respondents in the NPR poll who say they are Democrat were 23 points more likely to say they were going to get the vaccine than Republicans.

Forty-eight of those surveyed who said they were Republican also said they would get a coronavirus vaccine. But, 44% of people who said they were Republicans said they would not choose to not be vaccinated according to the poll.

"We are behind here," Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health told CNN. "We haven't done a good job of getting [coronavirus vaccine] information out there."

A CNN poll in May found one-third of Americans said they would not try to get vaccinated against coronavirus, even if the vaccine is widely available and low cost.

"Speaking for myself, I think I underestimated the level of public resistance," Collins told CNN. "I didn't expect it to be that widespread."

What Americans think is ok, not ok to do during pandemic

Most Americans think it's okay to eat outside during the pandemic, and most Americans do not think it's good to gather in large groups. Only 27% of Americans surveyed said it was a good idea to return to religious services and have large social events or sporting events. Only 35% of Americans thought it was OK to have children take part in local or school sports.

Less than half of Americans thought it was a good idea to return to school, the survey found.

This survey was also conducted in late April, where only 14% of people surveyed thought it was a good idea to return to school. Now, 40% of Americans say it's a good idea.

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