45% of Republicans support a universal vaccine mandate, as do a strong majority of Americans, a new poll shows
Rally goers hold signs against vaccines at the World Wide Rally for Freedom, an anti-mask and anti-vaccine rally, at the State House in Concord, New Hampshire, on Aug.
45% of Republicans support a universal vaccine mandate, a new poll found.
In comparison, 84% of Democrats support a universal mandate
A majority of Americans (64%) also supported such a mandate.
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More than four in ten Republicans (45%) support a universal COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to a new survey by the COVID States Project.
The survey also found that a large majority of Americans (64%) would support a universal vaccination mandate in the US. Most Americans (70%) advocated compulsory vaccination for boarding an airplane, compulsory vaccination for children who can go back to school (61%) and for college students to go back to university (66%) .
Republicans were the only subgroup in which a majority did not support a universal mandate. In comparison, 84% of Democrats support a universal mandate, the survey found.
The survey of 20,669 people was conducted June 9 through July 7 in all 50 states and Washington, DC.
Polls have consistently shown that Republican voters are among the most reluctant Americans when it comes to vaccinations. Meanwhile, GOP politicians in Washington continue to promote misinformation about vaccines while railing against mask mandates and other restrictions. But a number of GOP governors, as well as some prominent Washington Republicans like Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, have recently stepped up efforts to urge people to get vaccinated - and to break away from vaccination skeptics in their party.
A universal mandate has not been proposed by the heads of state or government at the federal or state level, but more specific requirements have been made at various levels. But the Biden government on Thursday enacted new rules for federal employees to confirm their vaccination status or undergo tests and other measures. The Pentagon said members of the military would be subject to the same protocols.
Although the US seemed to see the light at the end of the tunnel as vaccinations increased, vaccination rates across the county have stabilized and cases have risen in recent weeks due to the exceptionally contagious Delta variant. According to public health experts, the increase in cases has been driven by unvaccinated people. This leads to a new discussion about vaccination incentives.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued new mask guidelines due to concerns about the Delta variant, recommending that everyone - including those who have been vaccinated - wear masks in indoor public spaces in areas of significant and high transmission.
The CDC released a report on Friday that vaccinated people with breakthrough cases of the Delta variant can spread the virus to others just as easily as unvaccinated people. The agency said the "relevant" finding was "a critical discovery that led to the CDC's updated mask recommendation." However, it is believed that breakthrough cases are still rare, and the vaccine has been shown to be highly effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalizations, and death.
"Vaccinated and unvaccinated people infected with Delta have a higher viral load, which means more viruses in their bodies than previous variants," said Karine Jean-Pierre, Deputy Press Secretary for the White House, on Friday. "High viral loads mean you're more likely to spread it. On the rare occasions that vaccinated people get Delta from a breakthrough infection, they can be contagious, and we heard about that from CDC this week."
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