In contrast, about 23 percent of black Americans said they would not get the vaccine; Like 23 percent of white Americans and 20 percent of Hispanic Americans, the poll found.
In the CBS “Face the Nation” program, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, who heads a new federal health justice task force, said the survey results were “great news”.
“You are seeing confidence in vaccines growing in all groups across the country,” said Dr. Nunez-Smith. “It’s very promising.”
Even so, polarized attitudes consistent with political affiliation have hardened: About 71 percent of Democrats said they had been vaccinated or had been shot, while only 47 percent of Republicans said the same. A third of Republicans said they would say no to the vaccine, compared to just 10 percent of Democrats.
Dr. Fauci said he was confused and concerned about the partisan trend. “It makes absolutely no sense,” he said. “We have to separate political belief from what is common sense.
On “Fox News Sunday”, Dr. Fauci asked about a public service message on vaccination attended by other former presidents but not Donald J. Trump. He was then asked whether Mr Trump, who had been tacitly vaccinated in January before leaving, should publicly endorse the vaccination.
“I think it would make all the difference in the world,” said Dr. Fauci, adding, “He’s a very popular person among Republicans. If he came out and said go and get the vaccine, it’s really important to your health, the health of your family, and the health of the country. It seems absolutely inevitable that the vast majority of the people who are his close followers are listening to him. “
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando last month, Trump said, “Everyone should get your shot,” but that message has been largely overlooked by the former president’s distinctive focus on divisive political affairs.