Nearly half of Michigan Republicans polled say they'll skip Covid shots

March 02, 2021, 9:37 AM

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A partisan divide separates those who want Covid vaccines and those who don't or are unsure, a new Michigan poll shows.

A sizable share of Republicans don't plan to run with the herd seeking coronavirus immunity, according to the late February survey of 600 randomly selected Michigan voters by EPIC-MRA of Lansing. The Detroit Free Press covers it:

More than a quarter [of respondents] don't plan to get vaccinated for Covid-19 — a finding that, if accurate, could extend the length of time it takes to move past the pandemic and could put more lives at risk.

The poll released Tuesday also found that while large percentages of self-identified Democrats and independents plan to get vaccinated, nearly half of Republicans — 47% — do not, compared with 46% who plan to be vaccinated. ...

Some national polls have shown similar results regarding the level of resistance among some Republicans.

The survey's error margin is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The paper gets a reaction from Dr. Arnold Monto, a University of Michigan epidemic specialist:

"What we're dealing with is a bizarre situation. There is enormous interest in one group of people who are aware of the situation and who are desperate to get the vaccine. Then we have this other group that is not interested. It is very unusual."

Other findings:

  • 70% of all of those surveyed say they'll definitely or probably get a vaccine

  • 27% will not or probably will not

  • 3% were undecided

  • 90% percent of Democrats and 80% of independents said they'll get vaccinated

  • 78% of respondents in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties plan to do so

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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