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Unvaccinated Americans are least concerned about Delta variant, poll finds

Over half of unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Americans said they are not concerned about the fast-spreading Delta COVID-19 variant.

According to a new CBS/YouGov poll released Sunday, just 48 percent of unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated Americans said they “are personally concerned” about the Delta variant. By contrast, 72 percent of those who are fully vaccinated said they are worried about the fast-moving coronavirus strain.

Among those who are unvaccinated, 53 percent said they wouldn’t receive the jab over concerns that the shot could cause side effects, while half said they don’t trust the U.S. government. An additional 45 percent said they do not trust the science behind the coronavirus vaccine.

68 percent of Americans have at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, leaving Americans less apprehensive about 2021 than they were in January, according to the poll. Overall, 66 percent of Americans gave Biden a strong mark for his handling of the pandemic.

Fifty-two percent think the Biden administration’s focus on vaccination efforts in the U.S. is “about right,” though 57 percent of Republicans said the president is doing “too much” in trying to urge Americans to get the shots. The poll of 2,238 U.S. adults was conducted by YouGov from July 14-17. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: THE HARRIS POLL

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