10% of Americans say getting COVID-19 vaccine conflicts with religious beliefs, survey finds

One in 10 Americans believe their religious beliefs prohibit vaccination against COVID-19, while nearly nine in 10 disagree, according to a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute and the Interfaith Youth Core.

Among unvaccinated Americans, this belief is higher, at 28%, according to the survey.

The survey, released Dec. 9, is based on data collected in October and November from about 5,700 adults nationwide.

Five other survey results:

1. Sixty percent of those surveyed believe there are no valid religious reasons for refusing COVID-19 vaccination.

2. Thirty-one percent of survey respondents said they have requested or plan to request a religious exemption.

3. Only 39% of survey respondents support an approach that anyone who claims a religious exemption from COVID-19 vaccination should benefit.

4. However, 51% of survey respondents support granting a religious exemption if the person has documents from a religious leader indicating that the COVID-19 vaccination goes against their religious beliefs.

5. When the federal government made vaccinations mandatory, fifty-eight percent of survey respondents said religious exemptions should be granted.

CEO and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute, Robert Jones, said in a statement that the findings show that many Americans “believe that the principles of religious freedom are not absolute but rather should be balanced with health and good. -being of our communities ”.

Read the full survey results here.

Ruth R. Culp