Survey: 97% of vaccinated Americans who’ve ended friendships during COVID pandemic view ex-pals as ‘full-blown anti-vaxxers’

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An online survey probing the reasons why people have ended friendships since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic unearthed at least one particularly head-turning data point.

Among vaccinated Americans who’ve ended friendships since March 2020, almost all of them (97%) view their ex-friends as “full-blown anti-vaxxers” and just couldn’t get them to see things their way with regard to the COVID-19 vaccines, OnePoll reported.

Breaking down the numbers

But it isn’t as though a vast majority of those who’ve ended friendships in the last 18 months did so over vaccines — far from it.

The survey of 1,000 Americans conducted Sept. 2 found that only 14% of vaccinated respondents said they axed friends who didn’t want to get the needle, OnePoll noted.

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The vaccinated respondents who view their ex-friends as “full-blown anti-vaxxers” indicated in the survey that among the reasons their former friends were reluctant to get the shot were “not believing in vaccines to claiming the COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t work.”

Many unvaccinated respondents said they are worried about the vaccines’ potential side effects while others said they’re healthy and don’t need the vaccine — and still others expressed distrust, OnePoll noted.

In addition, among survey respondents who ended friendships for any reason, a whopping 66% are vaccinated — and only 17% indicated don’t plan to get a shot ever, the outlet said.

Political differences

The survey also found that a vast majority of Democratic respondents (81%) are fully vaccinated while somewhat fewer Republicans (64%) can say the same thing. In addition, the survey found that 69% of Independents and 41% of third-party supporters are fully vaccinated.

Only 7% of Democrats who were part of the survey said they haven’t been vaccinated yet, followed by 20% of Independents, 23% of Republicans, and 27% of third-party supporters, the survey found.

More from OnePoll:

Surprisingly, many Democrats (41%) feel society is too critical of unvaccinated people, and over half of Republicans (57%) echo that sentiment. However, 12% of Democrats and 5% of Republicans disagree society is harsh on unvaccinated people.

Overall, 61% of vaccinated people feel “very confident” in their decision to get the shot, compared to 33% of people who feel the same about not getting inoculated.

Other reasons for ending friendships

The survey uncovered a number of other reasons why friendships ended during the pandemic apart from disagreements about vaccines:

  • Different political views (16%)
  • Dating or sleeping with an ex (15%)
  • Making up rumors about them (12%)
  • Being liars (7%)

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