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As cases rise across the country due to the large numbers of unvaccinated Americans and the highly transmissible delta variant of the new coronavirus, many governments and companies have turned to vaccine mandates as a possible solution. Large corporations like Google, Microsoft and The Walt Disney Company recently announced that they will require employees in person to be vaccinated, and President Biden (along with various state governors) will require your workers attest that they are vaccinated or face stringent masking, testing, and social distancing requirements.
Despite prominent voices on the right labeling vaccine mandates such as “Orwellian, ”They’re actually quite popular with the American public. And where they are controversial, it is based less on partisanship than whether people have been vaccinated.
First, the general figures. According to an end of July Morning consultation survey, 56 percent of adults said employers probably or definitely should require COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees and customers; only 32 percent said they probably or definitely shouldn’t. That trust also extends to schools. Last month, Gallup found that 60 percent of Americans supported mandatory vaccinations for high school students and 56 percent supported them for high school students, although among K-12 parents, those numbers were notably lower (47 percent and 43 percent, respectively).
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In particular, the numbers do not change significantly when Americans are asked about the government requiring vaccines for the general population. The COVID States Project, a consortium of polls from Northeastern, Harvard, Rutgers, and Northwestern Universities, found in a June / July poll that 64 percent of Americans approved of the government requiring everybody to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. All but three states (North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming) had a majority in favor of mandatory vaccinations.
That’s because while i was there it is a partisan split over mandatory vaccinations, a good portion of Republicans also support them. Morning Consult found that 38 percent of Republicans supported corporate-required vaccines, while 49 percent opposed. And the COVID States Project found that 45 percent of Republicans even supported government-required vaccines for all. Of course, these numbers paled in comparison to support among Democrats: 76 percent in the Morning Consult poll (with 15 percent against), 84 percent in the COVID States Project poll.
But these partisan divisions are only substitutes for the real schism over mandatory vaccinations: the individual vaccination status. For example, Morning Consult found that 74 percent of people already vaccinated supported company-required vaccines, while 54 percent of unvaccinated people opposed them. Interestingly, 28 percent of unvaccinated people actually supported Mandatory Vaccinations – If you are one of these people, we’d love to hear from you!
All of this is a reminder that while vaccine hesitancy is still a very real problem, a “Overwhelming Majority” of Americans of All Faiths happily they have been vaccinated. And so, while there are important divisions in who approves vaccine mandates, general support is consistently high, despite what you may hear on the cable news.
Other voting bites
- Marquette University School of Law has launched its annual survey of the US Supreme Court, and Americans somehow or strongly approve of the nation’s highest court between 60 and 39 percent, making it, according to the same poll, the most popular of the three branches of government. However, that approval rating is down 6 percentage points from last year, largely due to a decline in popularity among Republicans. The public generally perceives the court as a center-right institution: a plurality of respondents (42 percent) rated the court as moderate, while 37 percent rated it somewhat conservative.
- In 10 of the countries surveyed by Pew Research Center, that country’s political right was more likely than its left or center to think that there should have been fewer coronavirus restrictions. In Greece, however, 55 percent of the political left thought there should have been fewer restrictions, but only 34 percent of the right. Yet unsurprisingly, it was the United States that had the largest gap between the left and the right: 52 percent of conservatives in America wanted fewer restrictions, while only 7 percent of liberals did. . (Turns out, we also won the gold medal for polarization.)
- Between massive forest fires Y Heat wavesIt has been a grueling summer in the American West. Almost half (47 percent) of Westerners said YouGov that the wildfires had affected them personally or that they had experienced a reduction in their air quality. Additionally, 53 percent said they had felt temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the past week.
- Are the Olympics sexist? In July, gymnasts from Germany wore full body unitards protesting the “sexualization” of their typical uniform, and the Norwegian women’s beach handball team was fined for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms. In North America, at least, the public overwhelmingly side with athletes in this controversy. According to Leger, 82 percent of Canadians and 77 percent of Americans think that female athletes should have the right to decide which uniform they want to wear in competitions.
- TO YouGov survey has found that 62 percent of American adults don’t know what “rickrollingIt is, while 31 percent do so, mostly under 35 years of age. To get the full results, Click here.
According to the FiveThirtyEight presidential approval tracker, 50.4 percent of Americans approve of the job Biden is doing as president, while 43.3 percent disapprove (a net approval rating of +7.0 points ). At this time last week, 51.4 percent approved and 43.3 percent disapproved (a net approval rating of +8.1 points). A month ago, Biden had an approval rating of 51.9 percent and a disapproval rating of 42.3 percent, for a net approval rating of +9.5 points.