Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey

Poll: 60% Say Childhood Vaccinations Should be Required, 52% Say Unvaccinated Children Should Be Banned From Public Schools


The latest Reason-Rupe poll finds that 60 percent of Americans believe all children should be required to receive vaccinations against diseases like measles, mumps, and whooping cough. Thirty-seven percent say parents should be allowed to decide whether or not to vaccinate their kids.

If children are not vaccinated, then a majority—52 percent—of Americans say unvaccinated children should not be allowed to attend public schools. Forty-four percent disagree, saying unvaccinated kids should be allowed to attend public schools.

Democrats (65%) are the most likely political group, followed by Republicans (58%), to say all children must be vaccinated. Independents are the most likely group to say parents should choose, and are evenly divided at 48 percent.

Age also increases the desire to require child vaccinations. For instance, a slim majority (51%) of millennials wants to require vaccinations, compared to 67 percent of Americans over 55.

Americans who prefer smaller government are the most likely (50%) to say unvaccinated children should be allowed to attend public schools. In contrast, among those who favor larger government, 6 in 10 say unvaccinated children should be prohibited from attending public schools.

The Reason-Rupe national telephone poll, executed by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, conducted live interviews with 1004 adults on cell phones (503) and landlines (501) October 1-6, 2014. The poll's margin of error is +/-3.8%. Full poll results can be found here. including poll toplines (pdf)  and crosstabs (xls).

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  1. I don’t get it . If a vaccine prevents a disease , what does it matter if someone else is vaccinated or not ?

  2. Ashland Oregon, a college town, has a high percentage of non-inoculated children. Maybe Health and Human Services will send lots of central American illegal immigrant kids to that area. Then watch the locals scramble to get free vaccinations.

  3. I have to say I agree with this decision. My child suffered once from others children lack of vaccination. As a result, we had to buy essays online for him. He was that late with his school assignments. Banning kids is a good decision. Possibly their parents will become more responsible after all. It will be good lesson for them as well. I really hope that this law will be supported by others.

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