Unvaccinated Americans are far more comfortable engaging in public activities than those who are fully vaccinated, a recent poll found. The results suggest precisely the opposite of what should be expected. Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should no longer be fearful of engaging in public activities.

The poll was conducted by Morning Consult between May 6-8, 2021 and surveyed 879 vaccinated American adults and 1,321 unvaccinated ones.

Some of the most intriguing results include:

    • 17% of vaccinated Americans are comfortable going on a cruise compared to 37% of unvaccinated people.
    • 23% of vaccinated adults are comfortable attending a concert, while 42% of those unvaccinated are.
    • 25% of those who are vaccinated are okay attending a work conference compared to 43% of those unvaccinated.
    • Only 15% of those who are vaccinated are comfortable traveling abroad while 32% of unvaccinated Americans are.
    • 30% of vaccinated Americans are okay with visiting an amusement park compared to 47% of unvaccinated people.
    • And while 27% of vaccinated Americans are comfortable going to a gym, 43% of unvaccinated Americans are.

One of the reasons for the disparity, according to John Leer, an economist at Morning Consult, is because even prior to widespread vaccine distribution, Americans’ willingness to engage in public activities varied “based on age, political party, income and some other demographic factors.”

Morning Consult noted, “Individuals who have taken it upon themselves to get vaccinated are more likely than their unvaccinated peers to fall into the demographic categories that were most concerned about the coronavirus to begin with: Democratic, older, more educated and higher-income individuals.”

“By contrast, those who haven’t yet sought out a vaccine were less likely to be uncomfortable doing public activities to begin with,” the pollsters said.

The poll also found that “88% of vaccinated individuals said the coronavirus poses a ‘severe’ or ‘moderate’ health risk in the United States, compared with 70% of unvaccinated respondents.”

The findings indicate that those people who choose to receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines are more fearful of the virus than those who choose to remain unvaccinated.

Over the past year, many Americans learned that despite our modern society, good healthcare system and overabundant luxuries, the world is still a scary place. And though many adults try to plan for the future and make sure their children are as safe as possible, no one can mitigate every possible risk.

The sudden economic collapse and rapid onset of a deadly virus around the globe proved that.

By way of example, I once heard a pastor give a homily in which he discussed a funeral he had just performed.

The man’s cause of death?

A bad potato salad.

“You can live all your life, only to be taken out by a bad potato salad,” the pastor remarked.

His point demonstrates that we can never be certain what tomorrow holds. However, as Christians, we should be extremely grateful that whatever the world throws at us, our Savior is with us through it all.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

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