Ballot exhibits partisan disagreement about vaccination, however some say it isn’t that straightforward in Hawaii
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A new AP-NORC poll shows there is a political divide over COVID vaccinations, but some maintain their more personal choice.
The national poll showed Democrats were 70 to 38% more likely than Republicans to say that they are at least slightly concerned that someone close to them is infected.
And overall, 43% of Republicans say they haven’t been vaccinated and definitely haven’t been vaccinated, compared to just 10% of Democrats.
“That is of course regrettable, but it is what we have now seen with every topic of US politics, that everything is polarized, everything has become partisan,” said HNN political scientist Colin Moore.
Moore was not surprised by the results.
“We know Democrats are far more likely to get a vaccine than Republicans,” he said. “Republicans are much more suspicious of vaccination, so you can see, for example, that red states have much lower vaccination rates than blue states.”
The Aloha Freedom Coalition, which has held rallies attracting people against the vaccinations, claims the problem is personal and not politically motivated.
“I think if something is reflected in the poll, it has more to do with self-government and the value of freedom, rather than, oh, I’m a Republican and so I don’t believe, or I’m a Democrat and I believe. I don’t think that’s the case, ”said coalition president Gary Cordery.
“I was vaccinated. My wife is vaccinated, my whole family. I think all of my colleagues are vaccinated. We think it’s the smart thing. Now we’re not forcing people to get it, ”said Bob McDermott, longtime GOP state representative for Ewa Beach.
While McDermott also diverted any political bias towards gunfire, he said the aftermath of the last presidential race had an impact.
“When Biden and Harris were running they said if (President) Trump were to develop the vaccine, I wouldn’t trust him. Well, they did it under his supervision, and now they’re trying to get people to get vaccinated, so that’s kind of a dichotomy, ”said McDermott.
Just this week, prominent national Republicans including Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell and the House minority leader Steve Scalise have been promoting vaccinations, but Moore said the tide won’t change overnight.
“It’s going to take time and you really need some really prominent Republicans like former President Trump to find out if there really is going to be a difference.”
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