A majority of Americans — including suburban voters — support vaccine mandates for federal workers as well as private companies, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index. The findings, on the heels of President Biden’s mandates announcement last week, suggest that while his move was divisive, it may be politically safer than his opponents hope.
Respondents were asked two separate questions: Do you support the federal government requiring all federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19? And do you support a federal government rule that requires all business with 100 or more employees to make all staff be vaccinated or undergo regular COVID testing? Their overall responses were virtually identical: 42% strongly supported both; 18% somewhat supported both; 13%–14% somewhat opposed both; and 25%–26% strongly opposed both.
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Yesterday, I wrote about how Biden’s mandate was less “divisive” than the GOP claims, because a vast majority like the testing mandate portion.https://t.co/fYYNHRU7Fm
Today, Axios-Ipsos poll shows 60% support the specific policy.https://t.co/YcjZ8heXdN
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) September 14, 2021