New Poll Shows Only Half of Americans Eager to Get COVID Vaccine

February 19, 2021 by TWN Staff
Vanessa Arroyo, a nurse, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Rafael Martinez on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida. (Martha Asencio-Rhine/Tampa Bay Times/TNS)

NEW YORK — A groundbreaking “Back-to-Normal Barometer” survey for the first time finds that only half of Americans say that they will receive a COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available for them to receive it.

Driving this lack of enthusiasm, 60% of people surveyed don’t believe a vaccine is safe for them to take, while 40% of people simply don’t believe a vaccine will work.

The survey asked respondents on whether they agreed or disagreed with this statement, “I will definitely get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available.” Among the respondents, 50% strongly agree; 12% somewhat agree; 15% somewhat disagree and 23% strongly disagree.

“Getting half the country to take the vaccine will be the easy part. The hard part will be getting three-quarters or more to do so,” said Rich Thau, president of Engagious, one of the three firms — along with the Sports and Leisure Research Group and ROKK Solutions — that conducted the survey.

“Throughout the 18 waves of the Barometer, we continue to see a real division of opinion across the population,” said Jon Last, president of Sports and Leisure Research Group and former national president of the Insights Association. “Continuing hesitance regarding COVID vaccinations is just another illustration of the challenge we face in getting back to normal.”

When those who are unlikely to get the vaccine were asked this survey question, “Which of the following are reasons you are not likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine once it’s available,” they could choose all that apply. In descending order, this is what they said:

  • 60% said, “I’m not convinced the vaccine is safe”;
  • 40% said, “I’m not convinced that the vaccine will work”;
  • 32% said, “I believe that with the new variants of COVID-19, the vaccines are less effective”;
  • 25% said, “I believe that the pandemic is blown out of proportion”;
  • 14% said, “I believe that I am at low risk to contract COVID”;
  • 13% said, “I believe that if I get sick, it’s no big deal”;
  • 12% said, “I’m put off by needles.”

“While millions of Americans are getting the COVID-19 vaccine, much more work needs to be done to convince millions more that the vaccines will work and that they are medically safe,” said Ron Bonjean, partner at ROKK Solutions.

The margin of error on the February 4, 2021 online survey of 534 Americans is +/-4.24% at the 95% confidence interval.

Sports and Leisure Research Group is a market research firm specializing in the sports, travel, and leisure sectors, based in White Plains, N.Y. Engagious is a bicoastal research firm specializing in corporate and public policy message testing and message refinement. ROKK Solutions is a Washington, DC-based bipartisan public affairs firm specializing in strategic communications, media engagement, digital and social strategy, message amplification and crisis management.

Opinion Polls

AP-NORC Poll: Americans Largely Back Biden's Virus Response
Opinion Polls
AP-NORC Poll: Americans Largely Back Biden's Virus Response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is enjoying an early presidential honeymoon, with 60% of Americans approving of his job performance thus far and even more backing his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.... Read More

New Poll Shows Only Half of Americans Eager to Get COVID Vaccine
Opinion Polls
New Poll Shows Only Half of Americans Eager to Get COVID Vaccine
February 19, 2021
by TWN Staff

NEW YORK -- A groundbreaking “Back-to-Normal Barometer” survey for the first time finds that only half of Americans say that they will receive a COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available for them to receive it. Driving this lack of enthusiasm, 60% of people surveyed don’t believe... Read More

How COVID Has Affected Public Opinion on Higher Education
Opinion Polls
How COVID Has Affected Public Opinion on Higher Education
February 17, 2021
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Attitudes toward American colleges and universities may have started evolving before the pandemic set in, but COVID-19 truly upended the higher ed system in ways that are sure to have an impact for years to come.  Through a series of mid-pandemic public opinion research... Read More

New Poll Suggests Americans Want Congress to Prioritize Healthcare Reforms
Opinion Polls
New Poll Suggests Americans Want Congress to Prioritize Healthcare Reforms
February 8, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - New polling data conducted by Hart Research on behalf of Protect Our Care, a health care advocacy organization, shows that Americans across party lines support healt hcare reforms as the top priority for the Biden administration. The same poll also shows that voters support... Read More

Monmouth Poll Finds Majority Support Trump Impeachment, Voter Fraud Beliefs Persist
Opinion Polls
Monmouth Poll Finds Majority Support Trump Impeachment, Voter Fraud Beliefs Persist
January 26, 2021
by Reece Nations

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Polling data from Monmouth University found that 56% of Americans approve of the House of Representatives impeaching former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting a violent mob to storm the United States Capitol.  Public support for Trump’s second impeachment... Read More

Americans More Likely to View Government Leadership, Lack of Unity as Nation’s Primary Concern
Opinion Polls
Americans More Likely to View Government Leadership, Lack of Unity as Nation’s Primary Concern
January 25, 2021
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Americans were more likely to designate the lack of government leadership and unity as the nation’s primary issue this month, according to polling analysis from Gallup.  Tensions stoked by a contentious presidential transition, the impeachment of former President Donald Trump in the House of... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top