Granthshala News Poll: Majorities favor mask and vaccine mandates as pandemic worries increase

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Three-quarters of registered voters are ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ concerned about the pandemic

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Most support the mask and vaccine mandate advocated by the Biden administration, as the coronavirus pandemic remains a top concern. latest Granthshala news poll.

Three-quarters of registered voters are “extremely” or “very” concerned about the pandemic (74 percent), a 5-point increase from August when 69 percent were concerned. The change comes mainly from Republicans (+14) and men (+8).

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The only issue that worries voters more is inflation and high prices (82 per cent concerned).

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The vast majority believe that face masks (69%) and vaccines (65%) are effective and are in favor of a range of mandates and requirements.

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NS new survey, released on Sunday, two-thirds believe that schools should require masks for teachers and students (67 percent), and businesses should do the same with employees and customers (66 percent).

Voters are slightly less enthusiastic about vaccine mandates, but still support them for teachers (61 percent), the federal government (58 percent) and business workers (55 percent).

On September 9, President Biden ordered all businesses with 100 or more employees to be required to be vaccinated or tested weekly. Twenty-six percent agree with this directive (41 percent oppose).

44 percent favor cities and towns that require proof of vaccination to participate in indoor activities, up from 50 percent last month.

Nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of voters in the United States see the coronavirus under control. It is mostly unchanged since August (25 per cent), but is well below the high in May when nearly half (46 per cent) thought it was under control.

Biden’s strongest point is the coronavirus, which has 55 percent approval for its handling of the pandemic, relatively unchanged from August when 54 percent gave approval, but down from a high of 64 percent in May and June.

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Nine out of ten Democrats think masks are effective (91 percent) and should be required in schools (90 percent) and businesses (89 percent). On the other hand, a narrow majority of Republicans say masks are not effective (51 percent) and oppose them in schools and businesses (both at 55 percent).

When it comes to the vaccine, Democrats (about 8-in-10s) believe it is safe and effective and are in favor of all mandates.

For Republicans, while more believe the vaccine is safe and effective (50 percent) not (43 percent), nearly 6-in-10s disagree with the proposed mandate.

Some 78 percent of Democrats believe that both masks and vaccines are effective, compared to 50 percent of independents and 31 percent of Republicans.

Overall, 55 percent believe that both masks and jabs work, while 17 percent do not believe in both.

between parents

As the second year of school during COVID gets underway, survey finds two-thirds of parents believe masks are effective (67 percent) and support teachers and students wearing them (67 percent) , while a smaller majority believe the vaccine is safe (56 percent) and that teachers need to get it (53 percent).

Held on September 12-15, 2021 under the joint direction of Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). This Granthshala News Poll Includes interviews with 1,002 registered voters across the country, who were randomly selected from the national voter file and spoke with interviewers live on both landlines and cell phones. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points in the total sample.

Granthshala News’ Victoria Ballara contributed to this report.


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