Overview: The youth are coming to bat in a big spot. America's vaccine supply is swelling as demand dims. Now that Americans older than 12 have vaccine access, it's a matter of turning eligibility into inoculation.
So, how will unvaccinated youth approach vaccine eligibility, and will young people return to vaccine-optional settings?
• Most young people would return to places where vaccines aren't required (63%)
• Most unvaccinated young people say: bring on the vaccine (66% of unvaccinated).
So: mandates could un-jam the vaccine plateau (even though they're not necessary to pull young people back onto campuses or workplaces.
Young people are pathologically open-minded - they're willing to take the vaccine even if they've held out so far.
Business leaders, university administrators and school districts now have a major chance to compel the still-skeptical to get vaccinated.
37% say they would refuse to return to a campus or workplace that doesn't require students or workers to get vaccinated.
74% say people should have to get vaccinated to return to work or campus.
Of those not vaccinated, 66% would get vaccinated if their school/employer mandates vaccinations.
Axios/Generation Lab Youth Poll | May 5-8 | N=928
1 - Should people have to get vaccinated to return to campus or work?
Yes - definitely: 42%
Yes - probably: 32%
No - probably: 11%
No - definitely: 16%
2 - (Among unvaccinated) If you are not vaccinated and your school or work requires it, will you:
Get the vaccine: 66%
Transfer to a school without vaccine requirements: 15%
Refuse, and still try to enroll: 13%
Take a leave from school: 5%
Forge proof: 2%
(excluding none of the above)
3 - Would you refuse to return to a campus or workplace that doesn't require students or workers to get vaccinated?
Yes - definitely: 14%
Yes - probably: 23%
No - probably: 38%
No - definitely: 25%
4 - Would you consider transferring if your school doesn't commit to in-person learning next school year?
Yes - definitely: 9%
Yes - probably: 12%
No - probably: 44%
No - definitely: 36%
5 - What grade would you give the college experience this past year?
Average grade = 2.41 G.P.A, C+
6 - What grade would you give your school experience the year BEFORE the pandemic?
Average grade = 3.43, B+
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