Coronavirus: most of the French are for the extended health pass, this survey shows

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Updated on 17 July 2021 at 11h46 · Published on 16 July 2021 at 09h53
As the polemic grows about the extension of the health pass and compulsory vaccination for some professions, a recent survey yet shows most of the French are for the measures announced by Emmanuel Macron two days before Bastille Day.

The coronavirus epidemic is resurging in France, and to stop the threat of a fourth wave cause by the spread of the Delta variant, the government has decided to instate dramatic measures to encourage vaccination. It now becomes compulsory for some professions, while the health pass is extended to many public places, starting this summer on.

Measures sparking reactions. Although more and more people have decided to go and get vaccinated since the address, others are looking for a fake health pass to try and come around the new restrictions. On social networks, a power struggle between anti-vax and pro-vax has started. Hashtags such as #vaccinemakesyoudumb, #healthdictature or #nototheshamefulpass regularly trend on Twitter. But what does the majority think?

An Elabe survey for BFMTV released this Tuesday July 13 delivers first elements. This survey says people are overall for the measures announced by French President Emmanuel Macron, two days before Bastille Day. In the detail, 58% of them approve the extension of the Health Pass to cafés and restaurants, 66% are for the pass in places of leisure and culture gathering over 50 people, and 76% in planes, trains, and coaches for long-haul. 70% of the surveyed also support the implementation of the health pass in hospitals, retirement houses, and medico-welfare establishments. The 25-34-year-old group is the most reluctant to these new measures.

As for the other statements, compulsory vaccination for some professions is approved by 76% of the surveyed, while the ending of reimbursement of PCR tests is by 63% of people interviewed. 87% of them are for more border controls and health measures at the borders. Altogether, the announcements made by the French President are approved by 54% of people surveyed. 31% think these measures are too strict, while 15% consider these measures are not enough.

Survey carried out in a sample of 1,006 people representing the French population aged 18+. The representativity of the sample is guaranteed by the method of quotas used with the following variables: gender, age, and profession of the surveyed after regional stratification and agglomeration category. Online survey on July 12 and 13, 2021.

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