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This poll is a part of the Yahoo News/YouGov partnership and was cited in the Yahoo News article, New Yahoo News/YouGov coronavirus poll: Almost 1 in 5 say they won't get vaccinated

As states across America begin to reopen, the National Institutes of Health has emphasized that an effective COVID-19 vaccine will be “essential” to successfully protect the global community from the coronavirus. But a coronavirus vaccine has not been developed, and its eventual availability remains uncertain.

Most Americans (68%) believe a COVID-19 vaccine will not be available until 2021 or later, according to the latest Yahoo News/YouGov Poll. About one-third of Americans (32%) are anticipating a coronavirus vaccine sometime this year with Republicans viewing that timeline more optimistically—about two in five (41%) believe there will be a vaccine this year.

Regardless of when the vaccine arrives, a slight majority of Americans (55%) say they will get it. About one in five Americans (19%) say they will not get vaccinated, and the rest are unsure (26%) about whether they would. 

Democrats are significantly more likely than Republicans and Independents to say they will get an eventual coronavirus vaccine. Seven in 10 Democrats (70%) plan to get vaccinated, compared to fewer than half of Republicans (47%) and Independents (47%). About one-quarter of Republicans (27%) say they will not get vaccinated. 

Adults who live in states led by a Republican Governor (55%) or a Democratic Governor (55%) are equally likely to consider getting the eventual COVID-19 vaccine.

Those living in the suburbs (59%) or cities (57%) are more likely than those in rural areas (47%) to say they would vaccinate against COVID-19. That could prove problematic as rural communities and towns continue to emerge as hotspots for the COVID-19 spread. 

Even as there are doubts about a possible coronavirus vaccine, rural communities (75%) are equally likely as Americans overall (73%) to say they will continue practicing social distancing even as official regulations are lifted.

See the full toplines and crosstabs from this Yahoo News/YouGov Poll

Related: The states that are more and less likely to adopt face masks

Methodology: The Yahoo! News survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,573 US adult residents interviewed online between May 4-5, 2020. This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, as well as 2016 Presidential vote, registration status, and news interest. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be representative of all US residents.

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