About 70 percent of unvaccinated Americans who are not self-employed said they would likely quit their job if their employer mandated COVID-19 vaccines and did not grant religious or medical exemptions, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll found.
Those numbers don't suggest vaccine mandates would lead to a massive exodus from the workplace since a healthy majority of employees who are working at places that have yet to implement a mandate have already received their shots. But among the 30 percent or so who haven't, there is significant opposition. Only 16 percent from that group would comply with a mandate, while 35 percent said they would seek an exemption and 42 percent would leave. If there's no exemption, then 72 percent of those surveyed said they would quit.
Wash Post/ABC poll shows 67% of workers who aren't self-employed would respond to a workplace vaccine requirement by quitting or asking for an exemption and quitting if it's denied. pic.twitter.com/Ad49dgFpP6
— Jon Steingart (@jonsteingart) September 5, 2021
Still, overall vaccine hesitancy has continued to decline, and the Post poll is the latest data set indicating more and more people are willing to get their shots, or have already done so. Mask and vaccine requirements are also favored by a majority of people.
— Fenit Nirappil (@FenitN) September 5, 2021
The Post/ABC poll was conducted by telephone between Aug. 20-Sept. 1 among 1,066 adults in the U.S. The margin of error is 3.5 percentage points. Read more at The Washington Post.
Correction: The headline for this article originally failed to clarify that the 70 percent figure applied specifically to unvaccinated people.