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On Biden’s 100th Day, Vaccine Rollout Approval Hits Highest Point Yet

Thursday, April 29, 2021 By Bryan Bennett
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Key takeaways from the survey

  • As a majority report being vaccinated, nearly three in four Americans approve of the country’s vaccine rollout, an increase of 33 points since Biden took office.
  • The highest share since the pandemic began now say the “worst is over.”
  • Minimal side effects from the vaccine and the increased potential for reopening as more people get vaccinated are the most compelling reasons to get vaccinated.

Vast Increase in Vaccine Rollout Approval During Biden’s First 100 Days

With a majority of Americans now having personally been vaccinated, almost three in four approve of the vaccine rollout – up 33 points since asked following Biden’s inauguration on February 1st.

The Highest Share in Over a Year of Tracking Say the “Worst Is Over” in Pandemic

Optimism about the state of the pandemic is cross-partisan: 47% of Democrats, 48% of independents, and 66% of Republicans say the “worst is over.”

Most Convincing Ways to Reach Vaccine Skeptics: Minimal Side Effects and Low Post-Vaccine Infection Rates

On a separate question, while 51% of Americans report having personally been vaccinated, 19% say they are likely to get vaccinated but have not yet gotten the jab, while 30% say they are “not sure” or “unlikely” to get it.

Americans Remain Largely “Pro-Mask”

Nearly seven in ten continue to say they are “pro-mask,” including almost two in three independents and nearly half of Republicans.

Public Continues to See Biden’s Policies Having a Positive Impact on the Pandemic

Among independents, 52% say Biden’s policies have had a positive impact, as do 39% of Republicans.

Key takeaways from the focus groups

  • Across our groups, many say their own situation is on the mend.
  • COVID may be in the rear-view mirror, but uncertainty and vaccine hesitancy abound.
  • Few could guess current COVID vaccination rates.
  • The real number elicits both shock and elation.
  • Many cite vaccines and stimulus checks as Biden’s top accomplishments.

Across Our Groups, Respondents Say Their Own Personal Situation Is On The Mend

COVID Seems Likely To Be In The Rear-View Mirror, But Uncertainty And Vaccine Hesitancy Abound

Few Across Party Lines Could Guess Current Vaccination Rates; The Real Figure Elicits Shock And Elation

Many Cite Vaccines And The Stimulus As Biden’s Top Accomplishments


About The Study

This release features findings from a national online survey of 989 registered voters conducted April 22-26, 2021. Additional interviews were conducted among 101 Hispanic voters, 96 African American voters, 98 independents without a partisan lean, and 104 Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.

This release also features findings from online focus groups conducted on April 23, 2021 with voters in three states: Florida (Democrats who think the party should move in a more moderate direction or stay in the same direction), Texas (Republicans with a household income of <$75K and are neither very unfavorable toward Biden nor very favorable toward Trump), and Nevada (Democrats who think the party should move in a more progressive direction). Qualitative results are not statistically projectable.

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In a world where the news cycle is the length of a tweet, our leaders often lack the real-time public-sentiment analysis to shape the best approaches to talking about the issues that matter the most. Navigator is designed to act as a consistent, flexible, responsive tool to inform policy debates by conducting research and reliable guidance to inform allies, elected leaders, and the press. Navigator is a project led by pollsters from Global Strategy Group and GBAO along with an advisory committee, including: Andrea Purse, progressive strategist; Arkadi Gerney, The Hub Project; Joel Payne, The Hub Project; Christina Reynolds, EMILY’s List; Delvone Michael, Working Families; Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute; Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO; Jesse Ferguson, progressive strategist; Navin Nayak, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Stephanie Valencia, EquisLabs; and Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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