● A majority of Americans (62%) support “Requiring everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine.” Even higher percentages support mandatory vaccines “to get on an airplane” (67%) and “to go back to university” (65%).
● A majority of respondents in every state support some form of vaccine requirement. Air travel requirements are the most popular, with majority support in all 50 states, followed by university requirements (supported by majorities in 49 states), and finally requirements for children to return to school (majority support in 43 states). Men are more supportive of each potential vaccine requirement than women. This mirrors the gender divide we see in vaccine hesitancy (see Report #48) and willingness to vaccinate one’s own children (see Report #45).
● Higher income, more highly educated, and non-White (particularly Asian American) respondents show greater support for vaccine requirements. Nevertheless, a majority of people in every racial, educational, and income group supports requiring “everyone” to get vaccinated, as well as supporting mandatory vaccines for boarding airplanes, children attending schools, and returning to universities.
●Despite widespread efforts by Republican politicians to mobilize opposition, more than four in tenRepublican respondents support requiring everyone to get vaccinated (42%). Support among Democrats is nearly twice that (81%).