A lot of people across the world did not have Covid 19 vaccine as they believe that it violates their religious beliefs. However, a recent survey in the United States finds that majority of the people do not believe that the requests for religious exemptions are sincere.
Two-thirds of U.S. adults say most people who claim religious objections to a COVID-19 vaccine “are just using religion as an excuse to avoid the vaccine”. About a third (31 per cent) say they think the objectors “sincerely believe getting a COVID-19 vaccine is against their religion, according to the new Pew Research Center survey.
A majority of adults (65%) say employers that require coronavirus vaccinations should “allow employees who have religious objections to keep their jobs even if they decline to get the vaccine.” Around a third (32%) disagree, saying the employers should “require employees who have religious objections to get the vaccine just like other employees, if they want to keep their job.” But even among Republicans and White evangelical Protestants – two groups with comparatively low vaccination rates – half or more express scepticism of religious objections to COVID-19 vaccines. Roughly four-in-ten Republicans and independents who lean toward the Republican Party (42%) believe that most people who say they have a religious objection to getting the coronavirus vaccine sincerely believe getting the vaccine is against their religion; a larger share (55%) say these individuals are just using religion as an excuse to avoid vaccination.
About half of White evangelicals also believe religious objections are largely insincere (52%). Among Democrats and those who lean toward the Democratic Party, a large majority (77%) say these objec tors are just using religion as an excuse. An identical share of religiously unaffiliated Americans – those who describe themselves as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” – express the same view.
Republicans are largely united behind the idea that those who refuse a COVID-19 vaccine on the basis of religion should not lose their jobs. Around eight-in-ten Republicans (82%) say employers that require coronavirus vaccinations for their workers should allow employees with religious objections to keep their jobs, even if they decline to get the vaccine. Democrats are much more evenly divided on this question: About half (52%) say employers should allow those with religious objections to COVID-19 vaccines to keep their jobs, while 46% disagree, saying that workers should have to comply with their employers’ vaccine mandates to stay employed.
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