Nearly one in five Americans say they would quit their job if they are required to get vaccinated or wear a mask, according to a new Morning Consult poll.
About 18% of respondents said they would “quit immediately” if their company required vaccines or masks, more than said they would quit over reduced pay or discrimination.
“That group skews heavily Republican compared with the poll’s broader sample of working Americans, and is also less likely to have graduated from college,” according to the report.
On the other hand, Morning Consult found that vaccine mandates are popular among employed adults.
About 58% of employed workers say they support their employer requiring vaccines to return to the workplace compared to 34% who said they oppose such a requirement. The issue has clearly become political: 75% of Democrats support while 51% of Republicans oppose.
Vaccine mandates grow:
President Joe Biden and some state and city leaders have announced vaccine or testing requirements for public workers and some companies like Google and Facebook will also require employees to be vaccinated.
“You take a reputational risk upfront, but you may be saving yourself from an outbreak of the infection later,” said Anna Tavis, the head of the Human Capital Management Program at New York University. “Employers are going to be weighing the risks of losing a certain percentage of their employees, but at the same time, protecting the rest.”
Governors urge businesses to impose vaccine requirement:
Some governors are now urging companies to require “vaccine-only” admission in hopes of boosting vaccination rates.
“Private businesses, I am asking them and suggesting to them: Go to vaccine-only admission,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. “Go to vaccine-only admission. We did this, Radio City Music Hall, months ago. Reopened vaccine-only, sold out all the shows. Sports arenas. They went up to about 90 percent vaccine-only. Private businesses, bars, restaurants. Go to a vaccine-only admission. I believe it's in your best business interest.”
“If you say to people, 'Well, if you don't have a vaccine, you can't get into these establishments,' then you will see a real incentive to get vaccinated,” he added.