Americans who identify as Democrats are much more likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 than people affiliated with other political parties, a new poll shows.
The survey, which was conducted by Gallup, found that nine out of ten Democrats say they are fully vaccinated.
In comparison, only two-thirds of Independents and half of Republicans report receiving their Covid injections.
The findings add to a growing body of evidence that political affiliation is a likely predictor of vaccination status.
But pollsters say there is not only a political gap when it comes to vaccination coverage, but also a gap in understanding the risks of COVID-19.
A new poll looked at vaccination rates based on political affiliation, as well as understanding vaccine efficacy and the risk of hospitalization from COVID-19. Pictured: Edward Williams, 62, a Hebrew Home resident in Riverdale, receives a COVID-19 booster shot in New York, Sept. 27
As of September 2021, 92% of Democrats say they have received a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 66% of independents and 56% of Republicans (above)
Gallup has been tracking COVID-19 vaccination rates among adults since January 2021 based on political affiliation.
The poll found that as of September 2021, 92 percent of Democrats say they have been fully vaccinated against Covid.
By comparison, 68 percent of Independents and 56 percent of Republicans report having been vaccinated against the virus.
This means that 1.6 times more liberals than conservatives got their chance.
The numbers also show a strong gap with earlier in the pandemic, when vaccination rates didn’t vary as much.
According to the poll, 12 percent of Democrats reported receiving gunshots in January 2021, compared with eight percent of Independents and seven percent of Republicans.
Rates didn’t start to fluctuate sharply until April 2021, when 74 percent of Democrats said they were fully vaccinated, compared with 52 percent of Independents and 39 percent of Republicans.
However, pollsters believe that the variation in vaccination rates may be due to a difference in understanding of the risks of COVID-19 and the effectiveness of the vaccines.
Gallup surveyed more than 3,000 adults about their understanding of vaccine efficacy and the likelihood of hospitalization after contracting COVID-19.
Less than one percent of both vaccinated and unvaccinated adults end up in the hospital. However, only a few respondents gave the correct answer.
Overall, 42% of Democrats rightly said that less than 1% of vaccinated people end up in the hospital, compared to 33% of Republicans
For hospitalization risk for unvaccinated people, only 2% percent of Democrats gave the correct figure of less than 1% compared to 16% Republicans
For the hospitalization risk for unvaccinated people, only two percent of Democrats gave the correct figure, compared to 16 percent of Republicans.
A number of Democrats, 41 percent, said they believed the risk for people who didn’t have their injections of ending up in the hospital with COVID-19 was 50 percent.
Meanwhile, some 20 percent Republicans said the risk was between two percent and five percent.
As for the vaccinated adults, it’s interesting that two percent of Democrats and seven percent of Republicans said 50 percent of vaccinated people end up in the hospital.
Then the pollsters looked at individual responses to calculate an estimated efficacy for each group.
Data suggests vaccines are 99 percent effective in reducing the risk of hospitalization and death from Covid.
Individual responses showed estimated vaccine efficacy for Democrats was 88% compared to 50% for Republicans and 75% for Independents
Overall, the respondents gave an efficacy rate of about 80 percent.
The team found that Democrats tended to believe efficacy was 88 percent, compared with 50 percent for Republicans and 75 percent for Independents.
“Democrats are more likely to overestimate hospitalization risks for unvaccinated people, which could lead to efforts, often led by Democratic Party leaders, to enforce both mask and vaccine mandates,” the authors wrote.
At the same time, Republicans overestimate the risks to vaccinated people, leading to very low estimates of vaccine efficacy.
“This may be one of the reasons why so many Republicans are hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine… If so, vaccine acceptance among Republicans is unlikely to increase significantly until their trusted media or other sources of information share the benefits.” emphasis on vaccination. .’