A recent survey by Rasmussen Reports shows that far more Democrats (77%) are concerned about new Covid-19 variants, compared to the 45% of Republicans.
The numbers include 42% of Democrats who classify themselves as being "very concerned" about new variants of the virus, while just 18% of Republicans say they are "very concerned."
Rasmussen Reports also found that 39% of American adults are not concerned about the variants, including 16% who are "not concerned at all."
Ever since the pandemic began in 2020, surveys have shown strong partisan divisions in opinions about the coronavirus and this continues to be the case, as the pandemic continues into the new year of 2022.
Among unaffiliated voters, who do not identify with either major party, 50% are concerned about new COVID-19 variants, including 22% who are "very concerned."
When it comes to beliefs on natural immunity, those who have previously been infected with Covid-19, most Democrats (61%) say they believe that vaccine induced immunity is more effective than naturally acquired immunity. While only 17% of Democrats say natural immunity offers more protection than the vaccines.
On the opposing political spectrum, 43% of Republicans say they think natural immunity is more effective in protecting against Covid-19 infection and 25% of Republicans think the Covid-19 vaccines offer better protection.
Also according to Rasmussen Reports:
Among those under 40, more men (51%) than women (38%) believe vaccines are more effective in protecting against COVID-19.
Most voters now disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he broke the promise he made during the campaign last year to “shut down the virus.”
More than half of voters are concerned that COVID-19 vaccines could have harmful side effects, and don’t think the federal government should have the power to make vaccination mandatory.