Now compare this data to what we saw in past years — 特别, in the years before the Covid-19 pandemic took its hold.
一个 AP-NORC poll
二月里 2020 asked adults whether they had received a flu shot in the last
12 月. In this poll
, 58% of Democrats said they had compared to
54% of Republicans
. This 4-point gap is well within any margin of error
A Princeton Survey Research Associates International from the second half of 2016 queried adults about whether they had gotten a flu shot in the past year. This poll looked nearly identical to the 2020 poll with 55% of Democrats and 53% of Republicans saying they had gotten a flu shot in the last 12 月.
换一种说法, there was no partisan gap.
如果你看数据, the partisan gap in the flu vaccine data for this year is appearing because of two phenomena. The first is that Democrats appear to be more likely to have received or will receive the shot than in past years. The second is that Republicans appear to be less likely to have done so.
It seems plausible that the push to get the Covid-19 vaccine has led to more Democrats getting the flu shot, while it has had the opposite effect on Republicans.
确实, Americans who have gotten a Covid-19 vaccine are far more likely to have received a flu shot. 只是 17% of those who have not gotten a Covid-19 vaccine say they have or will likely get a flu shot in the Ipsos poll. This jumps to 64% among those who have received a Covid-19 vaccine.
The good news is that most adults
(81%) 已收到 at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine
. 仍然, only a portion of that group has gotten or will get the flu vaccine
If you combine the percentage of Americans who say they have gotten or will definitely (or will very likely get in the Ipsos poll wording), about half the country will get a flu vaccine this year. This does not look to be significantly different than in past years.
那是, the rise in Democrats getting the flu vaccine this year looks like it will be canceled out by fewer Republicans getting it.
当然, we’re examining only the flu shot in one season. We don’t know whether there will be a continued partisan split on who gets the flu shot in future years. We also don’t know whether other life saving vaccinations will see a similar partisan split going forward.
希望, partisanship on vaccines is just a passing trend.