Poll: Seniors' Political Leanings May Affect Vaccine Enthusiasm Koreatown resident Shanyu Ye receives a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination dose outside the Karsh Family Social Service Center on March 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Mario Tama/Getty)
By Theodore Bunker | Tuesday, 27 April 2021 01:19 PM
While Americans over the age of 65 are generally more enthusiastic about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, an apparent partisan divide remains, according to a recent poll taken by Axios and Ipsos.
The vast majority of seniors say they plan to get the vaccine or have already been vaccinated, but that number drops among Republicans compared to Democrats. The survey was conducted in March and April of this year.
- 85% of all seniors have been, or are likely to be, vaccinated.
- 95% of Democrat seniors have been or will be vaccinated.
- 78% of Republican seniors have been or will be vaccinated.
- 84% of independents have been or will be vaccinated.
- 17% of Republicans have returned to their pre-pandemic way of living.
- 9% of independents said the same.
- 3% of Democrats said the same.
The poll also found that while white seniors and non-white seniors were equally likely to get the vaccine, at 85% each, low-income seniors were less likely to get vaccinated.
- 78% of seniors with an income of less than $50,000 per year have been or will be vaccinated.
- 86% of seniors with an income of $50,000-99,999 have been or will be vaccinated.
- 92% of seniors with an income of $100,000 or more have been or will be vaccinated.
In a previous poll taken in September and October of last year, Republicans were slightly more likely than Democrats or Independents to get the vaccine:
- 42% of Democrats had been or were likely to get vaccinated.
- 53% of Republicans had been or were likely to get vaccinated.
- 46% of independents had been or were likely to get vaccinated.
Axios notes in conclusion that “the partisan divide has basically flipped since last fall.
"When Donald Trump was still president, and some critics feared he would rush a vaccine through the approval process, only 42% of Democratic seniors said they were likely to get vaccinated, compared to 53% of Republican seniors.”
The Axios-Ipsos survey polled 648 U.S. adults over the age of 65 from Sept. 18, 2020 to Oct. 25, 2020, and 877 U.S. adults over 65 from March 5, 2021 to April 19, 2021.