SFSA Covid-19 Fan Vaccine Passport Survey Results (Press Release)

Date: 8th September 2021

 

SCOTTISH FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS ASSOCIATION PROVIDE RESULTS OF COVID PASSPORT CONSULTATION.

 

  • NATIONAL FANS ORGANISATION SNAP SURVEY ON PROPOSED VACCINE PASSPORTS SHOWS MARGINAL APPROVAL 54 – 46  in FAVOUR
  • FANS FEEL THEY HAVE HOBSON’S CHOICE
  • 62% OF FANS WOULD PREFER TO BE IN FOOTBALL ENVIRONMENT WHEN ALL FANS ARE VACCINATED
  • 82% WANT ANY ADDITIONAL ‘VACCINE PASSPORT’ COSTS TO BE COVERED CENTRALLY

 

DATE:  8th September 2021

 

In the information vacuum around proposed “Covid Passports” The Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA) polled fans on the proposed  introduction of a Vaccine Passport for stadiums hosting over 10,000 fans.
Nearly 900 responded.

 

The findings mirror general public opinion on the subject and show a complex set of circumstances that have emerged from the Covid crisis.

 

The key findings are as follows:-

 

  • 51.6 % of fans are currently in favour of the Vaccine Passport proposals if it allows them to access football. 43.3% of supporters oppose the proposals and ( 5.2% are undecided).
  • However when asked the Hobson’s Choice question of ‘Vaccine Passports or crowd limits’, 68.7% said they would back the proposal if it increases the crowd capacity, with 33.1% preferring to limit crowds
    Fans are pragmatic and think Vaccine Passports are the lesser of the two evils.
  • 61.2% of fans say they would feel far safer attending a fixture if all fans were vaccinated against 20% who don’t feel that way and 20% uncertain.
  • 81.7% of Supporters feel that if the Vaccine Passports have to be implemented then the cost of the implementation should be met by the Government.

 

Stuart Murphy CEO of the SFSA said, “We believed that it was important to ask football supporters  about this important issue to ensure that their voices were heard before this matter is debated in Parliament. This is without doubt a challenging and complex set of circumstances where public health and wellbeing of our citizens is to the forefront of discussions. We believe that any issue of national importance to our game  should allow for  engagement with its key stakeholders which is why we proceeded with this research. In this instance these is no universal preferred outcome. With many fans feeling that this was a Hobsons choice scenario where there was no easy solution that would allow more fans into grounds without making extra demands on them. There was also a small minority of fans who objected to the overall concept of Vaccine Passports and their wider use.

 

 ENDS


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