Republicans nearly three times more likely than Democrats not to get a coronavirus vaccine: poll

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Republicans are nearly three times more likely than Democrats to say they won’t get inoculated if a coronavirus vaccine becomes available, according to a new poll. 

Twenty percent of Republicans surveyed said they would not get the vaccine if available, while only 7 percent of Democrats and 16 percent of independents said the same, according to a Morning Consult poll released Wednesday. 

Seventy-one percent of Democrats said they would get a vaccine, as did 61 percent of Republicans and 58 percent of independents, based on the poll. 

Additionally, 22 percent of Democrats, 25 percent of independents and 19 percent of Republicans said they did not know if they would get the vaccine or said that they had no opinion, according to the survey. 

Democrats are also more likely to say the coronavirus outbreak is a “severe health risk” in their local community, based on the poll. Thirty-six percent of Democrats said the outbreak is a severe health risk, while just 23 percent of Republicans said the same. 

The amount of Americans who said the outbreak is a severe health risk overall — 30 percent — is down from the amount who said so throughout April. The number of Americans who said the outbreak is a severe health risk has been in a steady decline since it peaked at 41 percent on April 1, based on the Morning Consult surveys. 

The most recent Morning Consult survey also found that 8 percent of Americans said they personally know someone who has died of the virus, and 11 percent said they have a family member or close friend that has had the virus. 

The virus has infected more than 1.2 million people in the U.S. and killed 71,982, based on data compiled by Johns Hopkins University

The poll data comes from Morning Consult’s weekly coronavirus survey tracker, based on 2,200 surveys of U.S. adults. The latest survey was conducted May 1-3. Results from the Morning Consult surveys have a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

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