HPU Poll: Majority of North Carolinians Want to Get or Have Gotten COVID-19 Vaccination

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HIGH POINT, N.C., April 8, 2021 – In a new High Point University Poll, 64% of North Carolinians said they intend to get a COVID-19 vaccination or have already had one. Approximately one-third (32%) of North Carolina residents said they intended to be vaccinated when a COVID-19 vaccination is available to them, and 32% said they had already received a vaccine. Approximately one-quarter (26%) said they did not intend to get the shot. An additional 10% said they did not know, were unsure or refused to answer.

A majority of North Carolinians (50%) reported that they are concerned about becoming sick with COVID-19, and an additional 7% said they had already tested positive. Approximately one-third (37%) said they were not concerned about getting sick with COVID-19.  

A large majority (69%) of N.C. residents said they are very or somewhat concerned about different variants of the COVID-19 virus that were first found in places like South Africa, the United Kingdom or Brazil. A total of 26% said they are not very or not at all concerned about these COVID-19 variants.

Meanwhile, 54% of North Carolinians said they had a seasonal influenza vaccine last year, while 44% said they did not. Of those who had not had the flu vaccine last year (approximately half of those who responded to the poll), 16% said they intended to get it this year, and 72% said they did not intend to get it.

“A majority of North Carolinians want to get or have already received their COVID-19 vaccination,” said Brian McDonald, associate director of the HPU Poll and adjunct instructor. “Just over half of the poll respondents tell us that they were also already vaccinated for the flu.”

All adults – Concerned about COVID-19 (March/April 2021)

Are you concerned about becoming sick with the COVID-19 virus, or are you not concerned about that?

Concerned – 50%

Not Concerned – 37%

Don’t know/Refused/Unsure – 6%

(Already tested positive for COVID-19) – 7%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed March 19 – April 1, n = 941 and credibility interval is +/- 3.9%)

All adults – Intent to Take COVID-19 Vaccine (March/April 2021)

Do you intend to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available to you? Please let me know if you have ALREADY gotten vaccinated against COVID-19.      

Yes – 32%

No – 26%

Already received – 32%

Don’t know/Refused – 10%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed March 19 – April 1, n = 941 and credibility interval is +/- 3.9%)

All adults – Flu Shot Last Year (March/April 2021)

Did you receive the seasonal influenza vaccine last year?

Yes – 54%

No – 44%

Unsure – 2%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed March 19 – April 1, n = 941 and credibility interval is +/- 3.9%)

All adults – Flu Shot This Year (March/April 2021)

Do you intend to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine this year?

(Asked only of n=491 respondents who had not received the seasonal flu vaccine)

Yes – 16%

No – 72%

Don’t know/Refused – 12%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed March 19 – April 1, n = 941 and credibility interval is +/- 3.9%)

All adults – Concern about COVID-19 Variants (March/April 2021)

How concerned would you say you are about different variants of the COVID-19 virus that were first found in places like South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Brazil?

Very concerned – 35%

Somewhat concerned – 34%

Not very concerned – 15%

Not at all concerned – 11%

Don’t know/Refused/Unsure – 4%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed March 19 – April 1, n = 941 and credibility interval is +/- 3.9%)

The most recent HPU Poll was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on March 19 – April 1, 2021 and an online survey fielded at the same time. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 941 adults interviewed online (805 respondents) as well as landline or cellular telephones (136 respondents). The Survey Research Center contracted with dynata, formerly Research Now SSI: https://www.dynata.com/ to acquire these samples, and fielded the online survey using the SRC’s Qualtrics platform. This is a combined sample of live phone interviews and online interviews. The online sampling is from a panel of respondents, so their participation does not adhere to usual assumptions associated with random selection. Therefore, it is not appropriate to assign a classical margin of sampling error for the results. In this case, the SRC provides a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points to account for a traditional 95% confidence interval for the estimates (plus or minus 3.2 percentage points) and a design effect of 1.5 (based on the weighting). The data is weighted toward population estimates for age, gender, and race/ethnicity based on U.S. Census numbers for North Carolina. Factors such as question wording and other methodological choices in conducting survey research can introduce additional error into the findings of opinion polls. Details from this survey are available by clicking here.

Further results and methodological details from the most recent survey and past studies can be found at the Survey Research Center website at http://www.highpoint.edu/src/. The materials online include past press releases as well as memos summarizing the findings (including approval ratings) for each poll since 2010.

The HPU Poll reports methodological details in accordance with the standards set out by AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative, and the HPU Survey Research Center is a Charter Member of the Initiative. For more information, see

http://transparency.aapor.org/index.php/transparency.

You can follow the HPU Poll on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HPUSurveyCenter.

Dr. Martin Kifer, chair and associate professor of political science, serves as the director of the HPU Poll, and Brian McDonald is the associate director of the HPU Poll.

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