Three in five Americans approve of sending 500 million COVID vaccines to other countries

June 17, 2021, 4:36 PM UTC

President Joe Biden announced earlier in June that the United States would donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to 92 countries this summer. Americans are happy with the president’s decision, according to the latest Economist/YouGov poll.

Three in five Americans (61%) approve of shipping the vaccines to countries still struggling to combat the coronavirus. One-quarter (23%) strongly or somewhat disapprove of the move. 

Republicans are divided, with more Republicans disapproving (46%) of the decision than approving (38%). Nearly nine in 10 Democrats (87%) approve, as do nearly three in five Independents (59%). 

By 45% to 35%, Americans believe the U.S. has a special responsibility to provide humanitarian assistance to other countries when necessary. However, by more than two to one, Republicans disagree (24% agree, 56% disagree). Independents also tend to disagree: 38% say the U.S. does have this responsibility while 45% say it does not. 

Seven in 10 Democrats (72%) believe that the country carries this “special responsibility” and 15% say that is not the case. 

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See the toplines and crosstabs from this Economist/YouGov poll 

Methodology: The Economist survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,500 US Adult Citizens interviewed online between June 13 - 15, 2021. This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the American Community Survey, conducted by the US Bureau of the Census, as well as 2016 Presidential vote, registration status, geographic region, and news interest. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be representative of all US citizens. The margin of error is approximately 3.0% for the overall sample. 

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