Vancouver, BC — As the concept of vaccine passports and proof of vaccinations gathers momentum across the country, our latest Insights West poll shows the majority of BC residents are in favour of the implementation of rules requiring adults to show proof of double vaccinations in the province in order to participate in different public activities, and the level of support is even higher for mandatory vaccinations for certain jobs.
As an overall concept, the vast majority (79%) of BC residents support the idea of proof of double-vaccinations in order to participate in various activities, with 57% who ‘strongly support’ the idea and 22% who ‘somewhat support’ the idea. Only 19% are opposed to the concept. It’s not surprising that the 84% of BC residents in our poll who have been double vaccinated show overwhelming support for the idea (88% support), versus the opposite for unvaccinated, where 34% support the idea, and 63% show opposition to the concept. Demographically, those who are opposed to the idea tend to be male, between 35-54 years of age, live outside of Metro Vancouver and tend more to be Liberal and Green voters.
The level of support for actual circumstances that might require showing proof of vaccinations varies somewhat, depending on the activity. At the top of the list requiring vaccination proof is the activity of flying within Canada (81%) and within province (81%) which receive the highest level of support. Next are activities which by nature draw large crowds such as going to concerts (81%), attending a sporting event (79%), and attending university (77%). Support levels are slightly lower (74%) for attending a gym or eating at a restaurant (68%), and is lowest for shopping at a mall (68%). Support levels are split among those that are unvaccinated on out-of-country air travel (46% support; 48% opposed), local air travel (41% support; 56% opposed), but are decidedly opposed to vaccination proof for attending live sporting events (62%) or live concerts (59%), attending university (62%), going to a gym (65%), visiting movie theatres (66%), eating at restaurants (72%), or shopping at a mall (73%).
According to our poll, 84% of BC adults 19+ are double-vaccinated (a number that is a bit higher than the publicly released figure yesterday of 82.3% of those 12 years+), and a further 6% are only single-dosed. Of the remaining 10% of BC adults who have not received any vaccination, 7% do not intend to get vaccinated, and 3% intend to but just haven’t done so yet. Nearly two-thirds (62%) of the unvaccinated are males and they tend to live outside urban areas and be disproportionately Liberal and Green voters.
There are also overwhelming levels of public support for the idea that certain categories of workers be required to be fully vaccinated, and the results are consistently high across six different public sectors that we asked about. 87% of British Columbians support the idea that hospital and medical workers get fully vaccinated, and nearly equally high numbers of support the same for chiropractors/physiologists/dentists (84%), teachers (83%), employees at live sporting events (81%), all federal/provincial workers (80%), and even all employees that go to in-person offices (79%). Support is even higher (about five points on average) among those who are fully vaccinated, and the levels of support from those that are not vaccinated are around the four in ten mark.
The increasing discussion and imposition of rules around vaccination proof is having an influence on those that are not yet unvaccinated. 38% say that knowing rules and passports might be required has made them more likely to get vaccinated.
“As the fourth wave is upon us in Canada, there seems to be a growing divide between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated in our country” says Steve Mossop, President of Insights West. “There seems to be increasing pressure on our politicians and lawmakers to protect the growing COVID-19 wave by imposing rules around the requirement for double-vaccinations, and our poll shows overwhelming support for the direction this is moving.” Unfortunately though, opinions are very polarized between the two groups, and there seems to be increasing conflict and division between the two sides.”
About Insights West:
Insights West is a full-service marketing research firm based in Western Canada. Since 2012, the company has conducted over one million surveys, executed 2,000 studies, and issued over 350 press releases on a variety of topics, correctly predicting the outcomes of 25 out of 26 elections and plebiscites. Insights West is a team of passionate, truth-seeking researchers who question everything to uncover the truth and what is emerging for a diverse set of clients. With an understanding of shifting markets, consumer and societal trends, and commitment to uncovering truths through a proprietary toolkit and innovative research approaches, Insights West helps organizations make better decisions.
About this Release:
Results are based on an online study conducted August 11-13, 2021 among a sample of 1,155 residents across BC. Respondents are part of Insights West’s Feedback Community, a panel of BC residents recruited from a variety of sources and backgrounds who share their views and opinions on an ongoing basis. The margin of error with the total sample—which measures sample variability—is +/- 2.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Discrepancies between totals are due to rounding. Click HERE to view the detailed data tabulations.
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