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Survey: 97% of Vaccinated Americans View Friends as ‘Anti-Vaxxers’ with Some Axing Friendships

The Blaze reports…

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.

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%)

READ MORE COVID NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire COVID 19 Files

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