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Poll: Slim majority not confident in US reaching herd immunity by Labor Day

A slim majority of voters are a little or not at all confident that the U.S. will reach herd immunity by Labor Day, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Fifty-two percent of registered voters in the May 10-11 survey said they are a little or not at all confident that the country will achieve herd immunity by Labor Day. 

By contrast, 48 percent said they are very or somewhat confident.

Fifty-seven percent of Republican voters and 55 percent of independents said they are either a little or not at all confident in the country reaching herd immunity by Labor Day.

Fifty-five percent of Democratic voters said they are at least somewhat confident the country will.

Seventy-three percent of voters who live in urban areas said they are very or somewhat confident in the U.S. reaching herd immunity by September. 

By contrast, 61 percent of suburban voters and 65 percent of rural voters said they are a little or not at all confident.

According to Our World in Data, roughly 35 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated.

The news comes after Biden earlier this month stated that his goal for the U.S. is to have at least 70 percent of adults receive their first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine by July 4. 

According to data compiled by the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, close to 59 percent of the U.S. adult population have received at least one dose of the vaccine. 

The most recent Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 918 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 3.23 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte