Poll Finds 35% of Americans Would Decline COVID-19 Vaccine

In a new Gallup poll, 65% of Americans reported they would agree to receive a COVID-19 vaccine that was FDA-approved and available at no cost. However, 35% of those surveyed said they would not be vaccinated. The poll, which was conducted between July 20 and August 2, 2020, as part of Gallup’s COVID-19 tracking survey, also found that willingness to be vaccinated varied according to age, race, and geographic location.

For example, 76% of adults aged 18 to 29 were willing to be vaccinated, as well as 70% of senior citizens – the group most vulnerable to infection. These numbers were lower among middle-aged groups, with 64% of those between the ages of 30 to 49 and 59% of those between the ages 50 and 64 willing to be vaccinated. While two-thirds of white Americans reported they would be vaccinated, only 59% of non-white Americans surveyed expressed a willingness to be vaccinated.

Among people living in rural areas, 56% were willing to be vaccinated, compared with 65% of survey respondents living in urban areas and 69% of those living in the suburbs of a large city.

Although the survey did not ask parents about willingness to vaccinate their children, 59% of parents of children under the age of 18 said they would agree to be vaccinated, while 41% said they would not.

“As the situation stands today, the nation’s influencers – including health professionals, policymakers and leaders – who see a vaccine as a way forward may have their work cut out for them in persuading Americans to take advantage of such an option,” Gallup researchers wrote in their analysis.

Sources: Axios, August 8, 2020; Gallup, August 7, 2020.