Vaccination status divides voters on COVID precautions


MassINC polls show that vaccinated voters are hesitant to return to once-in-person programs.

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Living with a pandemic comes with many risks. Going out to get food, going to the train and attending events all the time someone can catch COVID-19. But according to a new survey, the decision to opt out is easier for some than others.

Those who haven’t been vaccinated are more comfortable eating out, attending events like movies and sports, and taking the train, the survey found, despite the lack of vaccine protection. . In contrast, people who are vaccinated or extended are more hesitant to return to activities that were normal pre-pandemic.

vote MassINC surveyed 1,026 registered voters in Massachusetts at the end of December. result showed how thinking around COVID differs between vaccinated and unvaccinated voters.

The vast majority of those who voted were vaccinated, as well as nearly half of the respondents who were promoted. Specifically, 141 respondents were not vaccinated, 360 were, and 483, or 49%, were promoted. This is taking into account Massachusetts Relatively high vaccination rate.

Vaccinated and unvaccinated voters were united on one thing: the COVID-19 situation has not improved much. Even after the distribution of millions of vaccines, the return to work for some in person, and the reopening of schools, Massachusetts voters are, overall, pessimistic about the state of the pandemic.

Only 26% voters across the state feel that COVID has improved in the last one year. Two-thirds of voters think the situation is almost the same (39%) or has become worse (27%). Vaccination status had little effect on this – two-thirds or more thought the condition had worsened or remained the same.

Just as voters in the state of vaccination were in terms of the overall picture, they strongly disagreed when asked about specific scenarios.

For example, 71% of unvaccinated voters said they felt safe eating indoors, with 42% saying they felt “very safe”. This percentage fell between vaccinated and increased voters – 62% of vaccinated voters and 54% of increased voters felt safe eating indoors. The percentage who felt “very safe” fell even further, with 27% and 15% of vaccinated and promoted voters, respectively, reporting that they felt “very safe”.

This trend continued in other scenarios presented in the survey, including attending a film, concert, or theater performance, attending an indoor sporting event, and riding public transportation. When asked whether they would feel safe at a film, concert, or theater performance, 49% and 36% of vaccinated and promoted voters, respectively, said they would, compared with only 16% of vaccinated voters and 9% of vaccinated voters. will report. Will feel “very safe”. In contrast, 59% of non-vaccinated voters in these settings felt safe overall, with 31% feeling “very safe.”

With the vaccine mandate, voters reported feeling a bit more comfortable, but it was not a dramatic change. As far as eating indoors is concerned, with a vaccine mandate, 69% of voters are feeling “very safe” or “somewhat safe”, compared to 59% without a vaccine mandate.

The biggest change in comfort levels was between vaccination and increased electorate. For example, with a vaccine mandate, half increased voters and 63% of vaccinated voters felt it was safe to go to a movie, concert or theater performance “somewhat” or “very much.” This is up from 36% and 49% for enlarged and vaccinated voters, respectively. Most of that increase fell in the “somewhat safe” category – there was only a 4-point increase for vaccinated voters (9% to 13%) and no change for vaccinated voters in the “very safe” category happened. The hesitation between vaccination and increased electorate may stem from the growing number of success cases brought about by the Omicron version in the past few weeks.

More than three-quarters of voters (84%) support providing free home rapid tests in the state – a measure that has been supported by the largest number of voters. There is also strong support for restoring the statewide indoor mask mandate with nearly two-thirds of voters (65%).

When asked whether they support stores and restaurants requiring proof of vaccination from customers, 56% of voters said they supported it. As is the case with all polling questions about the need for proof of vaccination, the measure found little support among unvaccinated voters, with 17% of non-vaccinated voters, 53% of vaccinated voters, and 73% increasing Voters who voted supported the measure.

Similarly, 65% of voters supported private businesses requiring proof of vaccination from on-site employees and 67% supported requiring proof of vaccination for air and train travel.