There is a new and defining divide between Americans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who claim they will reject vaccination.
There is a political component to choosing and rejecting vaccination. In the latest Economist/YouGov poll, Republicans are much more likely to reject the vaccine. More than a quarter of Republicans (29%) say they will not get vaccinated. Just 4% of Democrats say this. But there are other differences as well.
Vaccine rejection is higher among whites than it is among black and Hispanic Americans, higher in the Midwest and South than elsewhere in the country, and it is also greater among those with less education. White people with less than a college degree are more than ten points more likely than white people with a college degree to say they will not be vaccinated. Their positions may never change. There is little this group believes could make them change their minds.
People who won’t get vaccinated are worried about side effects, microchips and political motivations… but not COVID-19