54% Return on Vax’s Requirements for Indoor Activities as COVID Fears Rise Among Republicans

A new Fox News poll found 54% of Americans support vaccination requirements for indoor activities as Republicans grow concerned about the pandemic.

The study, which was conducted from September 12 to 15, found increased support for vaccine requirements. In August, only 50 percent of those polled supported the policy.

Meanwhile, 44% said they opposed vaccine requirements for indoor activities, down from 46% in August, according to the poll.

Some cities, including New York City, have required people to show proof of vaccination in order to participate in certain indoor activities, including dining out and going to the gym. The execution began last week and a Manhattan restaurant hostess was reportedly assaulted by tourists from Texas after asking for evidence.

Almost three-quarters of the country, or 74 percent, said they were “extremely” or “very” concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic. In August, that number was 69%.

The change was largely fueled by increased concern among Republicans and men, the poll found.

In August, 49% of Republicans expressed concern about the pandemic. That number rose to 63% in September.

Seventy-one percent of men said they were concerned about the pandemic, an increase from 63 percent in August.

The poll also asked for people’s opinions on the terms of the vaccines and masks. More than two-thirds of the country (67%) support teachers and students wearing masks, as debate continues in some states over mask mandates in schools.

Sixty-six percent of respondents supported the requirement for workers and customers to wear masks.

In total, 65% said they believe the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, while 29% said they believe it is not. Eighty-three percent of Democrats said it was safe, while only 50 percent of Republicans said it.

Earlier in September, President Joe Biden announced several policies regarding COVID-19 vaccination mandates. He demanded that federal government contractors and executive employees be vaccinated. Biden also asked companies with 100 or more employees to make sure all of their employees are vaccinated or test negative.

Fifty-eight said they supported requiring officials to be vaccinated, and 56% agreed with Biden’s policy on business, the poll found.

A majority of Americans supported Biden’s performance on the COVID-19 pandemic. Fifty-five percent said they approved, while 44 percent disapproved, according to the survey.

Cases of COVID-19 in the United States have increased since July. The surge is largely attributed to the Delta variant.

The United States recorded a 7-day average of 148,252 new cases per day on Friday. Two months earlier, that number was 32,305, according to data from The New York Times.

The new Fox News poll surveyed 1,002 registered voters across the United States and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

News week contacted Fox News for comment Sunday.

Fifty-four percent of Americans supported the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for indoor activities, an increase from August, according to the latest Fox News poll. Here, a vaccination card is shown in Los Angeles on August 11.
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