Florida Middle of Pack With COVID-19 Vaccine Skepticism, Survey Says

Florida Middle of Pack With COVID-19 Vaccine Skepticism, Survey Says pharmacy student gives woman vaccine shot A pharmacy student Jason Rodriguez (R) administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Ashley Dever (L) at the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center in Miami, Florida on April 15, 2021. (CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

By Charlie McCarthy | Monday, 26 April 2021 08:59 AM

A new survey shows Floridians uncharacteristically falling near the middle among people from other states when it comes to an unwillingness or indecision about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

A Morning Consult survey showed that 20% of Floridians said they did not plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine, and 16% said they were uncertain if they will get a shot.

Although Florida has been a newsworthy state in recent years when it comes to events (e.g. elections, hurricanes, pandemic), those metrics were about the average of all states, according to the poll as reported by Axios on Monday.

Mississippi (30%) and Idaho (29%) had the most unwilling residents, with both Hawaii and Massachusetts (11%) having the least.

Republicans (41%) expressed more unwillingness or uncertainty about the vaccines than Democrats (21%).

Among other breakdowns:

  • Nearly half of respondents aged 18-34 said they would not get the vaccine or were were unsure if they would.
  • Black adults (48%) displayed more skepticism about the vaccine then Hispanics (38%) or white people (32%).
  • 50% of female parents with children in the home said they have been vaccinated or planned to get vaccinated — that is 16 points below the national average, 17 points lower than women who don’t have children in the home, and 18 points lower than fathers.
  • Fox News viewers and Snapchat users are less willing to get vaccinated.

People with concerns about the vaccines cited potential side effects and the rapid time it took to develop and approve the shots.

Morning Consult conducts approximately 30,000 survey interviews weekly on the vaccine rollout. The latest data is based on surveys conducted from April 13-19, among 30,224 U.S. adults, with a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point.