U.S. Vaccine Dashboard
In a Number of States Hit Hard by the Latest Wave, Vaccine Skepticism Has Barely Budged
By Nick Laughlin and Peyton Shelburne | Updated: August 26, 2021
Morning Consult is conducting around 40,000 weekly survey interviews in the United States on the vaccine rollout, providing deep insights at a granular level into which segments of the population are most and least opposed to vaccinations, and what factors are driving skepticism. The latest data is based on surveys conducted from August 17-23, 2021, among 45,604 U.S. adults, with a margin of error of 1 percentage point. Updates will be provided monthly. Get alerts with the latest data.
Topline tracking: Overall, 64 percent of Americans said they had received at least one shot, 8 percent plan to get vaccinated, 10 percent are uncertain whether they will be, and 18 percent do not plan to get one.
In order to gauge vaccination rates and interest, Morning Consult asked Americans, “Have you gotten the vaccine, or not?” Respondents could reply “Yes,” “No, but I will get it in the future,” “No, and I am not sure if I will get it in the future,” or “No, and I do not plan to get it.”
The most recent data shows that 26 percent of Republicans do not plan on getting vaccinated, the highest level of any major demographic group. Older Americans, Democrats and more well-educated adults are less likely to oppose getting vaccinated.
One of the most significant pockets of vaccine skepticism is among Republican women, 43 percent of whom are either unwilling to get vaccinated or are uncertain. That share is notably higher than for either Republican men or Democratic women.
Deeper Demographic Trends:
Rates of Vaccine Opposition by State
Gauging Vaccine Skepticism
Drilling down into what’s driving skepticism, those who are uncertain tend to be more likely to cite side effects and sped-up approval processes, while those who are unwilling are more likely to say they don’t trust the manufacturers or vaccines in general.
Among just those who are uncertain about getting vaccinated, their reasons are largely similar across a wide range of different demographic groups.
Over the last month, the share of vaccinated 18- to 34-year-olds has ticked up by 4 percentage points.
The share of adults who say they have received at least one dose:
Looking just at those Americans who are willing to get vaccinated (either have been or plan to get vaccinated), the data shows that almost 9 in 10 U.S. adults have already received at least one dose. However, there are notable demographic differences, particularly along age, racial and income lines.
Morning Consult conducts daily interviews with over 6,000 respondents in the United States. The interviews are conducted online through multiple nationally recognized vendors. Morning Consult uses a stratified sampling process based on age and gender to reach a broad, nationally representative audience in each country. Daily responses are weighted to approximate a representative sample of adults based on U.S. census data.
The weighting methodology for national data considers a range of demographic characteristics, including age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, and region. State-level results were weighted separately to be representative of age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, home ownership and population density.