But support splits along party lines
Six in ten Americans support the vaccine mandates President Biden announced last week, although support is divided sharply along party lines, a new survey finds.
According to the latest Axios/Ipsos poll, conducted September 10-13, 60% of Americans favor requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for federal employees and businesses and organizations with 100 employees or more. However, only about 30% of Republicans support the requirements, compared with more than 80% of Democrats and 60% of independents.
From a political perspective, the support among independents is especially important, according to Cliff Young, president of Ipsos U.S. Public Affairs. "The No. 1 issue for Biden has been COVID, and he’s been losing ground on it, especially among independents. This is an initiative that could help bolster him there," Young said in a statement.
The poll also finds that increasing numbers of Americans are experiencing vaccine and masking requirements at work and in public places. Twenty-five percent of respondents said their employers now require that all employees be vaccinated, compared with 16% in a survey conducted August 10-13.
Similarly, 58% of respondents said their employers require mask wearing at work, up from 51% in the August survey, and 43% said their state or local government require masks to be worn in public places, up from just 33% in August.
Other findings from the survey: