A new survey from the Pew Research Center found that survey respondents who identified themselves as gay or bisexual were particularly concerned about the monkeypox outbreak and were more negative about the U.S. government’s response than straight men. Evaluating. Men who identify as gay or bisexual are also more likely to say they have had or intend to have the monkeypox vaccine.
The United States declared monkeypox a public health emergency on August 4 as cases spread across the country following the first reported case on May 17. Members of the LGBTQ community have expressed frustration with the government’s response to the outbreak, including the limited availability of vaccines to prevent the disease.
The Pew Research Center conducted this study to understand Americans’ views on the monkeypox outbreak. Responses are from the Center’s survey of 10,588 U.S. adults, conducted September 13-18, 2022.
All who participated in the survey are members of the Center’s American Trends Panel (ATP). ATP is an online survey panel recruited by random sampling of addresses nationwide. In this way, nearly every US adult has a choice. The survey is weighted to be representative of the US adult population by gender, race, ethnicity, party affiliation, education, and other categories. Read more about ATP methodology.
The questions, answers, and methodology used for this analysis are:
A similar percentage of US adults overall said the country did a good or good job (35%) or did a fair or poor job (36%) in responding to the monkeypox epidemic. yes, but another 29% are unsure. To the new survey of the Center.
However, attitudes differ considerably among gay and bisexual men. About a third (34%) of this group say their country has done a good or adequate job in dealing with the outbreak, while about half (49%) say it has done a fair or inadequate job. He says he does nothing but work. Heterosexual ratings are evenly split.
The majority of Americans have heard at least a little about monkeypox outbreaks (94%). Gay or lesbian adults are especially prone to say they’ve heard it often. 40% of him in this group said they had heard or read about it. greatly Also rather Incidence of monkeypox compared with 29% of heterosexual adults. (See the topline documentation for details.)
Nearly three-quarters (73%) of US adults say monkeypox outbreaks are a threat to US public health, with 19% saying it is a major threat. Most gay or lesbian adults and bisexual adults (85% each) say the outbreak poses at least a minor threat to public health.
Gay or bisexual men (83%) are more likely than heterosexual men (67%) to view monkeypox outbreaks as at least a minor threat to public health in the United States. about three-quarters (74%) of men in the United States say monkeypox outbreaks pose at least a minor threat to their personal health, compared with 42% of heterosexual men.
Nearly two-thirds (66%) of gay or bisexual men say they would definitely or probably get the monkeypox vaccine to prevent disease. This equates to about a third (34%) of all US adults.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends monkeypox vaccination for people who have been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox. For men who have sex with men. For those who have had sex with multiple partners in the last few weeks, among other considerations.
Another question in the center’s new survey said 38% of gay or bisexual men had taken some action to reduce their risk of contracting the monkeypox virus. (Read the top line for more details.)
Note: The questions, answers, and methodology used for this analysis are:
Giancarlo Paschini Research Associate with a focus on science and social studies at the Pew Research Center.
cary funk Director of Scientific and Social Studies at Pew Research Center.