Two-thirds of Americans approve of sending COVID-19 vaccines abroad

Linley SandersSenior Data Journalist
May 19, 2021, 1:00 PM UTC

President Joe Biden announced on Monday that the United States will send 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccines overseas in June, sharing a portion of the shots that have been approved for domestic use. A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that two-thirds of Americans (65%) favor the United States sharing vaccines to help countries fighting coronavirus surges.

Democrats are especially likely to support the move — three-quarters (78%) favor sending vaccine doses to countries where infections are surging, compared to two-thirds of Independents (65%) and 58% of Republicans. 

About four in five Americans who are fully vaccinated (79%) support the United States’ sharing its vaccines. Two-thirds of Americans who have started the vaccination process but need another shot (65%) agree with the decision, as do 62% of Americans who plan on getting vaccinated but have not received any doses yet. 

Fewer than half of Americans who are unsure about vaccination (46%) or who do not plan to get vaccinated themselves (45%) favor the United States sharing its vaccine stockpile. Individuals in this group are more likely than other vaccination groups to say they are “not sure” (42% and 34% respectively) about whether the government should be offering inoculations to other nations. 

Republicans (20%) and those who will not get vaccinated (21%) are the most likely to outright oppose the country sending the vaccine doses abroad. 

Related: Why YouGov is changing how we ask people whether they’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine 

See the toplines and crosstabs from this Yahoo News/YouGov poll

Methodology: The Yahoo News survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,561 U.S. adults interviewed online from May 11 to 13, 2021. 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 2020 presidential vote (or non-vote) and voter registration status. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be representative of all U.S. adults. The margin of error is approximately 2.6 percent. 

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