The willingness of Americans to receive a coronavirus vaccine has gone up 13 percentage points since hitting a low point in September and currently is at 63% of the population, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday.
Gallup first asked people in July about their willingness to get vaccinated, and 66% said they would do so, a figure which remained above 60% for several months.
But in mid-September those willing to receive the vaccine dropped significantly, after President Donald Trump said that a vaccine could be ready by Election Day. That statement apparently made significant numbers fear that the issue was being politicized and not based entirely on the vaccine’s effectiveness, especially when Democrat vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris said she would not get a vaccine on the president’s word alone.
Other results from the survey show:
- The willingness of Democrats to be vaccinated dropped a sharp 25 points in September to 53% but mostly rebounded in October, and has has now gone up to 75%.
- The readiness of independents to take the vaccine had gone down 10 points in September, but has now been restored to higher than its previous level at 61%.
- The percentage of Republicans saying they would get the vaccine was always the least of the three groups, but it went up 10 points in September to 47% and has risen a bit more to its current 50%.
Gallup carried out its poll of 2,968 adults between November 16-29, about a week after the announcement by Pfizer and BioNTech that their vaccine had proved better than 90% effective in Phase 3 clinical trials. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.