In a remarkable turnaround from just a few weeks ago, a solid majority of Americans now say they are satisfied with the way Covid-19 vaccines are being distributed, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.
In a survey of 3,905 adults conducted March 15 to March 21, 68% of respondents said they were very satisfied or satisfied with the vaccine process in the country. A majority of Democrats (73%), Republicans (66%) and independents (63%) offered a positive assessment. Those over 65 reported the highest approval levels (77%), and even a majority of respondents who said they don’t plan to get vaccinated expressed satisfaction with the rollout.
In January, the survey numbers told a very different story, with just 34% of respondents saying they were happy with the vaccine situation. The overall approval level improved to 44% in February, setting the stage for the 24-point increase recorded in March.
Gallup noted that while partisan differences persist, the improvement in approval has been bipartisan. “Although the transition from a Donald Trump to a Biden presidency has resulted in partisans' views on many issues flipping, this has not been the case when it comes to satisfaction with the vaccination process,” the polling organization said. “Republicans' satisfaction, which was higher than Democrats' in January just after Trump left office, has increased 17 points to 66% since then.”