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Nearly 60% Of Americans Support Biden’s Vaccine Mandates, Poll Shows

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A majority of Americans support President Joe Biden’s actions to tighten vaccine mandates for larger companies and federal and health care workers, a new poll shows.

Fifty-eight percent of Americans said they supported companies with at least 100 employees mandating the vaccine or requiring unvaccinated employees to get tested weekly , compared to just 36% who said the opposite in the Morning Consult/POLITICO survey. The results were almost identical for mandates for federal workers without a testing opt out, with 57% supporting and 36% and opposed.

Support for mandates climbed further when asked about health care workers, even when they did not get an opt out with weekly testing; 60% said they supported the measure, almost double the 34% opposed.

While the majority support the mandates and over three-quarters of Americans have received at least one vaccine dose, the poll showed, those in favor were sharply split along party lines. Eighty percent of Democrats said they backed Biden’s actions compared to just 33% of Republicans who said the same. (RELATED: Fox News Poll: Majority Of Americans Support Vaccine Mandates, Passports)

President Joe Biden speaks about combatting the coronavirus pandemic on September 9 amid the Delta variant surge across the United States. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Additionally, while 41% said that government vaccine mandates violate Americans’ rights, 46% said that they protected them. Republicans and Democrats were almost exactly opposite on the issue as well, though 66% of GOP voters said that mandates violated their rights, 67% of Democrats said they protected them.

About a quarter of Americans are staunchly opposed to both mandates across the board and remain unvaccinated themselves.

The poll surveyed 2,200 American adults from Sept. 11-13, and has a two-point margin of error.

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Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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