Poll Says Nearly Half of Republican Men Resisting Vaccine

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas said the reluctance by supporters of President Trump to get vaccine is "troubling."

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ALEX ARGER: There's been frustration by many Americans trying to get vaccinated. Calling for appointments, searching online, waiting in lines. But not all Americans. A new PBS Marist poll shows nearly half of US men who identify as Republicans said they have no plans to get the coronavirus vaccine. That's frustrating, even to some Republican leaders.

GOV. ASA HUTCHINSON: The poll numbers are troubling because in Arkansas, it's a very pro-Trump state in terms of the last election. And so we see that resistance whenever we are opening up eligibility for the vaccine. We're moving through it very quickly because we're not having everybody sign up to take it.

ALEX ARGER: Health experts are worried, too.

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI: We've got to dissociate political persuasion from what's common sense, no brainer public health things. The history of vaccinology has rescued us from smallpox, from polio, from measles, from all of the other diseases. What is the problem here?

ALEX ARGER: Some believe the vaccines were developed too quickly. Some are worried the shots will make them sick. Some don't trust the government, and others see the vaccines through a political lens. Presidents and First Ladies of both parties recently produced a public service announcement.

GEORGE W. BUSH: In order to get rid of this pandemic, it's important for our fellow citizens to get vaccinated.

ALEX ARGER: Former President Trump did not take part with the other presidents, but Dr. Anthony Fauci told NBC's "Meet the Press" a strong and clear message from Trump could help sway some of his more resistant supporters. Others say as more people get vaccinated with little to no side effects, more people will be swayed to take the shots, regardless of which political party they follow.

GOV. ASA HUTCHINSON: Sometimes, someone will not take the vaccine saying, I just want to wait a little bit longer to make sure everything's OK. We're encouraging them not to do that. When it's your turn, take the vaccine.

ALEX ARGER: For Newsy, I'm Alex Arger.