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54% of Americans Say Only Vaccinated Fans Should Be Allowed to Attend Sporting Events; Finding Holds Across Regions, Age Groups and Gender – Seton Hall University News & Events

Despite L.A. plans to abandon mask requirement for Super Bowl, 58 percent say masks, vaccines and negative covid tests make attendance safer.

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South Orange, NJ, February 4, 2022 – While the matter of mandated Covid-19 rules remains a hot button issue across the U.S. and the world, by a margin of 54 – 29 percent, America’s general population believes that only fans who are fully vaccinated should be allowed to attend live sporting events, a number that rises to 59 – 28 percent among sports fans and 68 – 19 percent among self-described “avid fans.” Those who neither agreed nor disagreed were 17 percent (general population), and 13 percent (both sports fans and avid fans).

The majority desire for attendees of live sporting events to be vaccinated held across all regions of the U.S. except for the South, with 62 percent of the Northeast, 52 percent of the Midwest, 58 percent of the West and 47 percent of the South agreeing (in the South, although a majority did not agree, only 32 percent disagreed with the requirement – a 15 point difference).

In other regions across the nation, the number who disagreed with a vaccine requirement was 25 percent in the Northeast (62-25, 37 pts.), 31 percent in the Midwest (58-31, 27 pts.) and 27 percent in the West (58-27, 31 pts.).

Gender/Age

Broken down by gender, across the nation 54 percent of males and 53 percent of females agreed with a vaccine requirement to attend live sporting events.

Among those who agreed with the requirement there was no significant difference among age groups. Among those aged 18-34, 55 percent agreed with the requirement, while those aged 35-54, 54 percent agreed. Among those 55 and up, 52 percent agreed.

There was significant difference in the levels of disagreement with a vaccine requirement, however, according to age. Twenty-one percent of those 18-34 disagreed with the requirement, along with 30 percent of both 35-54 and 55 plus demographics. According to gender, 32 percent of males disagreed with a vaccine requirement while 28 percent of females felt the same way.

“Any way you examine the data – fan level, age, gender, or region – the finding remains strong; fans want to be safe in the arenas and stadiums,” said Seton Hall Marketing Professor and Poll Methodologist Daniel Ladik.

These were the findings of a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted January 28-February 1 across the United States using a national representative sample weighted according to gender, age, ethnicity, education, income and geography based on U.S. Census Bureau figures. The Poll had 1,513 adult respondents with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent.

Masks, Proof of Vaccine or Recent Negative Test?

Despite the well-publicized desire of some Los Angeles County officials to abandon mask requirements for attendees at this year’s Super Bowl, fifty-eight percent of the general population said that requiring all fans to wear masks, show proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test makes attending a live in-person sporting event safer. Among sports fans the number in agreement rose to 61 percent and among self-described “avid fans,” 69 percent. Those disagreeing with the notion that these measures make event attendance safer numbered 26 percent of the general population, 24 percent of sports fans and 16 percent of avid fans. Those neither agreeing nor disagreeing were about 15 percent in all categories. (See results in charts below).

Safer Now Outdoors than Six Months Ago?

Asked if they felt more comfortable attending a live outdoor sporting event now than they did six months ago (August 2021), 35 percent of the general population, 44 percent …….

Source: https://www.shu.edu/business/news/54-of-americans-say-only-vaccinated-fans-should-be-allowed-to-attend-sporting-events-finding-holds-across-regions-age-groups-and-gender.cfm

Despite L.A. plans to abandon mask requirement for Super Bowl, 58 percent say masks, vaccines and negative covid tests make attendance safer.

53% Say Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Rightfully Excluded from Australian Open

South Orange, NJ, February 4, 2022 – While the matter of mandated Covid-19 rules remains a hot button issue across the U.S. and the world, by a margin of 54 – 29 percent, America’s general population believes that only fans who are fully vaccinated should be allowed to attend live sporting events, a number that rises to 59 – 28 percent among sports fans and 68 – 19 percent among self-described “avid fans.” Those who neither agreed nor disagreed were 17 percent…….

Despite L.A. plans to abandon mask requirement for Super Bowl, 58 percent say masks, vaccines and negative covid tests make attendance safer.

53% Say Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Rightfully Excluded from Australian Open

South Orange, NJ, February 4, 2022 – While the matter of mandated Covid-19 rules remains a hot button issue across the U.S. and the world, by a margin of 54 – 29 percent, America’s general population believes that only fans who are fully vaccinated should be allowed to attend live sporting events, a number that rises to 59 – 28 percent among sports fans and 68 – 19 percent among self-described “avid fans.” Those who neither agreed nor disagreed were 17 percent…….

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