● Since February, the gap in attitudes between fathers and mothers has widened. While fathers became marginally less resistant, falling from 14% to 11% since February, over a quarter of mothers still say they are “extremely unlikely” to vaccinate their children.
● Educational, income, and partisan divides in childhood vaccination attitudes have become more pronounced. Parents in households making less than $25,000 per year, parents without a college degree, and Republican parents have become more resistant to vaccinating their children. Resistance has decreased for college-educated, high income, and Democratic parents.
● Parents of teenagers are less resistant to having their children vaccinated than parents of small children, and—in the case of mothers—slightly more supportive of school vaccination requirements.
● Support for school vaccination requirements has grown slightly from 54% to 58%. This increase holds for most gender, race, and income categories. However, among Republicans, support remains virtually unchanged.
● Mothers are less likely to support school vaccination requirements than other women, while fathers are more likely to support school vaccination requirements than other men.
● Among youth who are old enough to get vaccinated without parental consent (18-21-year-olds), one five are vaccine resistant.