62% Believe Restaurant Owners Should Decide Whether Vaccine Passport is Needed, 26% Want Government Officials to Decide

Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters believe that restaurant owners should decide whether vaccine passports are required to visit  their business. A Ballotpedia national survey found that 26% think that decision should be made by government officials. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.

The results are similar when asked who should make such decisions about a wedding reception. Sixty-three percent (63%) believe that the decisions about vaccine passports should be made by the people getting married and the reception hall. Just 21% believe government officials should make that decision.

In both cases a majority or plurality of every measured demographic group believe the choice should be made by the individuals involved rather than government officials. More than 3-out-of-4 Republicans hold such views. So do a solid majority of Democrats and Independents.

The survey also found modest support for the idea of vaccine passports. Fifty-four percent (54%) favor the idea, but 41% do not. Support for the concept comes from 73% of Democrats, 45% of Independents, and 39% of Republicans.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from April 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 217 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.