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A Quarter of Americans Report Vaccine Skepticism

Updated: Sept. 15, 2022 | By Justine Coleman

Survey respondents are asked, “Have you gotten the vaccine, or not?” They can 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.”

Morning Consult is conducting around 30,000 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 Sept. 6-12, 2022, among 29,565 U.S. adults, with a margin of error of +/- 0.6%. Updates will be provided monthly.

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Demographic Tracking

 

Vaccine Opposition is Highest Among Republicans
Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding
Latest survey conducted from Sept. 6-12, 2022, among 29,565 U.S. adults, with a margin of error of +/0.6%.

The most recent data shows that 30% of Republicans do not plan on getting vaccinated, the highest level of any major demographic group. Older Americans, Democrats, higher earners and more well-educated adults are less likely to oppose getting vaccinated.

 

Financial Services Workers Have the Highest Vaccination Rate
Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding
Latest survey conducted from Sept. 6-12, 2022, among 29,565 U.S. adults, with a margin of error of +/0.6%.

State-Level Tracking

Morning Consult’s state-level vaccine results are based on 139,012 survey interviews conducted between Aug. 13 – Sept. 12, 2022. The sample size for each state varies between 190 – 12,322, with an average of over 2,725 survey interviews per state.

 

Rates of Vaccine Opposition by State

The share of adults in each state who say they do not plan on getting vaccinated:

Where Vaccine Opposition Rates Are Highest and Lowest

This table shows the share of each state’s residents who say they do not plan on getting vaccinated

Graphic conveying the states with the highest and lowest rates of vaccine unwillingness.

State-level vaccine results are based on 139,012 survey interviews conducted between Aug. 13 – Sept. 12, 2022. The sample size for each state varies between 190 – 12,322, with an average of over 2,725 survey interviews per state.

Vaccine Skepticism

How Vaccine Skepticism Has Shifted Since March 2021

The share of U.S. adults who are unwilling to get vaccinated or are uncertain:

Trend lines showing vaccine skepticism over time among different demographics showing high skepticism among 18-34 year-olds and Republicans.

Latest poll conducted from Sept. 6-12, 2022, among 29,565 U.S. adults, with a margin of error of +/-0.6%.

 

Since Morning Consult began tracking in mid-March, the share of total vaccine skeptics (uncertain plus unwilling) has dropped from 39% to 27% of the adult population. 

 

Side Effects Are the Top Concern for Adults Who Are Skeptical of the Vaccine

Adults who said they were either uncertain or unwilling to get vaccinated were asked which of the following reasons is primary reason why:

 

Drilling down into what’s driving skepticism, those who are uncertain tend to be more likely to cite side effects and worries that the vaccine moved through clinical trial too fast, while those who are unwilling are more likely to say they don’t trust the manufacturers and that they don’t think the vaccines will be effective.

 

A Third of Adults Uncertain About Getting the Vaccine Cite Side Effects Concerns as Primary Reason

Adults who said they were either uncertain or unwilling to get vaccinated were asked which of the following reasons is primary reason why:

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Methodology

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.

About Morning Consult

Morning Consult is a global decision intelligence company changing how modern leaders make smarter, faster, better decisions. The company pairs its proprietary high-frequency data with applied artificial intelligence to better inform decisions on what people think and how they will act. Learn more at morningconsult.com.

Special thanks to Peyton Shelburne for her assistance with this project.

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