August 5, 2021

Charted: Who Americans blame for the recent surge in Covid-19 cases

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    Vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans diverge sharply on who they believe is responsible for the recent surge of Covid-19 across the country, according to a new poll from Axios and Ipsos.

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    Who Americans blame for the surge

    For the poll, researchers surveyed a nationally representative sample of 999 adults ages 18 or older from July 30 through Aug. 2. The poll is part of Axios and Ipsos' Coronavirus Index, which has been routinely surveying the U.S. population since March 2020.

    The poll found that the vast majority of vaccinated Americans blame the unvaccinated for the recent surge in Covid-19 cases. In addition, just over a third of the vaccinated blame former President Donald Trump, and another third blame conservative media.

    Meanwhile, just over a third of unvaccinated Americans blame people from other countries traveling to the United States, while just over a quarter blame the mainstream media, and just under a quarter blame Americans traveling internationally.

    The poll also found that the vast majority of Americans—more than three-quarters—are concerned about the delta variant, including 56% of unvaccinated respondents.

    In addition, vaccination rates and interest in getting a Covid-19 vaccine has risen, the poll found. Overall, 70% of respondents said they've already received a Covid-19 vaccine, while the percentage of people saying they are "not at all likely" to get a vaccine dropped to 15%, down from 19% in April.

    The poll also found 59% of parents said they would consider getting their children vaccinated once a shot is available for their age group, the largest share in the survey so far.

    The poll also found that incentives to get vaccinated did not seem to have a substantial effect on Americans' willingness to get vaccinated.

    For instance, just over one-third said they would be very or somewhat likely to get a Covid-19 if it was mandated by their employer, the highest response to a series of hypothetical incentives offered in the survey. And just over a quarter said they'd get vaccinated if their employer gave them a raise or a bonus as an incentive, while just over a fifth said they'd get vaccinated if it was a requirement to travel on an airplane or by train.

    (Talev, Axios, 8/3; Ipsos poll, 8/3)

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