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Should Vaccine Passports Be Required for Travel?

As travel and businesses start to reopen, many countries and jurisdictions are beginning to discuss the concept of “vaccine passports.” Our May 4, 2021 survey indicates that Americans are narrowly divided regarding “vaccine passports” for domestic travel: 47% of respondents believe a passport should be required for domestic travel (“strongly agree” or “agree”), while 42% of respondents “strongly disagree” or “disagree” that vaccine passports should be required. For international travel, the acceptance of the passport is much higher: 65% of respondents support the requirement of a vaccine passport.

Views on vaccine passports for domestic travel vary by political party: 61% of Democrats and 43% of Independents believe that such passports should be required for domestic travel, compared to just 15% of Republicans who share that same view. The gap between Democrats and Republicans regarding international travel is more significant, with 85% of Democrats and only 27% of Republicans in favor of passports – a 58% difference between the two parties.


Last updated on May 13, 2021. Please check back for updates.

Results based on surveys of 182 respondents from May 1, 2021 through May 4, 2021. All surveys were conducted online from respondents in the United States. For more information about our survey techniques, click here to visit our Methods page.


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