A new survey shows that more than one in four Republican voters are unwilling to get vaccines against the COVID-19 virus. The Biden administration is seeking to promote the vaccination with a door-knocking campaign.
According to the Morning Consult poll released on Friday, July 23, 28% of Republicans said they do not plan to get vaccinated, the highest level among major demographic groups.
That rate is unchanged from a similar poll conducted in mid-March—when less than 10% of Americans were fully vaccinated, compared to 55% now.
The new poll also showed that 12% of Republicans said they are unsure if they will get the vaccines in the future, and another 5% said they plan to get the shots.
Republican women are a significant source of vaccine skepticism—45% of them do not plan to get vaccinated or are uncertain—15 points higher than all adults, 10 points higher than GOP men, and 30 points higher than Democratic women.
Among other parties, 21% of independents and 9% of Democrats said they oppose getting vaccinated.
The poll, conducted on 38,666 U.S. adults from July 13 to July 19, indicated that 61% of Americans said they had received at least one shot, 9% plan to get vaccinated, 11% are uncertain whether they will be, and 19% do not plan to get one.
Idaho, Mississippi, and Oklahoma are three states with the highest rates of vaccine unwillingness, where 30% of residents say they do not plan to get vaccinated.
The findings help explain why the Biden administration has failed to meet its goal to have 70% of the population get at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by July 4.
President Joe Biden on July 6 said that to achieve the target, he would send people knocking “door to door” looking for Americans who have not been vaccinated to convince them to get vaccination protection against the virus.
The updated data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 177.4 million, or 68,7% of American adults, have received at least one vaccine shot as of Friday, July 23, and 154,5 million adults, or 59,8%, have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Biden administration faces a new challenge as an AP-NORC poll showed that most unvaccinated Americans say they are unlikely to get the vaccines and doubt the shots would work against the Delta variant.
The poll found that 64% of unvaccinated respondents saying they have little to no confidence that the vaccines can fight variants.