Gallup: Strong Majority of Democrats Want 'Proof of Vaccination,' GOP 28% and Less

By Michael W. Chapman | May 14, 2021 | 2:49pm EDT
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(CNS News) -- A new survey shows that very strong majorities of Democrats support businesses requiring people to show "proof of vaccination" against COVID when it comes to airplane travel, office work, staying at a hotel, or dining at a restaurant. 

However, the same survey shows that only 28% or less of Republicans support "proof of vaccination," or a vaccine passport, for engaging in those same activities. 

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(Screenshot, Gallup)

For instance, Gallup asked, do you "favor businesses requiring people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to do each over the next several months"?

For travel by airplane, 85% of Democrats said they favor providing proof of vaccination, but only 28% of Republicans said the same. For Independents, 47%. 

Go to events with large crowds?  82% of Democrats said they favor proof of vaccination in such instances; Republicans, 25%; and Independents, 47%.

Proof of vaccination for work?  69% of Democrats said yes and 16% of Republicans said yes. Only 38% of Independents said yes.

Dine in at  a restaurant?  62% of Democrats favor "proof of vaccination" in this case; Republicams, only 19%; Independents, 30%. 

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"Although a majority of U.S. adults have been at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, one-quarter remain steadfast in their unwillingness to be immunized," said Gallup

"With vaccine supply now outpacing demand in much of the U.S., majorities of the public think those who want to fly on an airplane or attend an event with large crowds should first be required to show proof of vaccination," reported the polling firm. "But the majority are opposed to the same requirement for venues with smaller crowds of people, such as workplaces, restaurants and hotels."

Gallup concluded, "Although the Biden administration says it does not plan to put a vaccine passport program in place in the U.S., individual states, private companies and non-profit organizations are free to devise their own guidelines for requiring vaccines."

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