A new poll shows that a majority of Americans, including 45 percent of Republican voters, support a universal COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
This is according to a survey conducted by The COVID States Project.
The poll found that a strong majority, 64 percent of Americans overall, would support a nationwide universal vaccine mandate.
70 percent of Americans support a vaccine requirement for getting on a plane, according to the survey.
61 percent support it for allowing children to go back to school, and 66 percent support mandating vaccines for college students attending classes.
The poll showed that 84 percent of Democratic voters supported a universal mandate.
Republicans were the only group in the poll in which a majority did not support a universal vaccination mandate – but 45 percent of GOP voters did.
The survey was conducted from June 9 to July 7 and included 20,669 people from every U.S. state and Washington, DC.
To date, a universal mandate has not been proposed by leaders at the federal or state level.
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new mask guidance over concerns about the Delta variant.
The CDC even recommended that all Americans, including those vaccinated, wear masks indoors.
On Friday, the CDC released a report that said vaccinated people with breakthrough cases of the Delta variant may spread the virus to others as easily as those who are unvaccinated.
The agency said the “concerning” finding “was a pivotal discovery leading to CDC’s updated mask recommendation.”
Still, breakthrough cases are thought to be rare and the vaccine is still considered highly effective.
White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Friday, “Vaccinated and unvaccinated people infected with delta have higher viral loads, meaning more virus in their body, than with previous variants.”
“High viral loads mean you are more likely to spread it, so in the rare occasions that vaccinated people get delta in a breakthrough infection, they may be contagious, and this is what we heard from CDC this week,” Jean-Pierre added.
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