Major gender and age gaps remain, with young mothers and mothers of young children being the most resistant to vaccinating their kids and requiring COVID-19 vaccination for in-person school attendance.
● Among older mothers, vaccine resistance is declining and support for school vaccine mandates is increasing.
● Black parents have become substantially less resistant to vaccinating their kids. However, among Democrats, Black parents remain by far the most vaccination-resistant group, followed by Hispanic Democrats, then White Democrats, due in part to lower levels of trust in government and healthcare institutions. Asian American parents are the most pro-vaccine among both Democrats and Republicans.
● Support for school vaccine mandates has grown substantially from 54.4% in the winter to 61.3% in the summer. Support has grown among both Republicans and Democrats, though a major partisan gap
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persists. Overall, Americans who are more liberal, educated, higher income, and urban are more likely to support school vaccine mandates. ● Among parents specifically, every group except young mothers and mothers of young children has become more supportive of requiring vaccination to attend school.