● Overall, public support for federal, state, and local governments requiring that everyone get vaccinated remains very strong, at 65%.
● Support for narrower mandates for returning to in-person school (63%) or university (68%) or getting on an airplane (71%) also remains high.
● Six in 10 respondents support requiring large companies to require that their employees be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19.
● Public support for such mandates has modestly increased (by 1-2 percentage points) since June/July, both overall and in specific circumstances, like getting on an airplane and returning to school or a university.
● Majorities of respondents -- in most instances large majorities -- support every mandate we surveyed across nearly all partisan and demographic subgroups we investigated. The notable exception is Republicans, among whom fewer than half support an overall mandate (43%), or narrower mandates for kids attending in-person school (41%), returning to university (47%), or for employees of large businesses (35%). A bare majority of Republicans (51%) support mandating vaccines to get on an airplane.
● Majorities of respondents in nearly all states and the District of Columbia support all four types of vaccine mandates we consider. At the high end, majorities in every state support mandating vaccines for getting on an airplane, while at the low end, majorities of respondents in 45 states and the District of Columbia support requiring vaccination for children to return to school.