Poll: 71 percent support Biden's omicron travel ban

A vast majority of voters support President BidenJoe BidenCourt nixes offshore drilling leases auctioned by Biden administration Laquan McDonald's family pushes for federal charges against officer ahead of early release Biden speaks with Ukrainian president amid Russian threat MORE's ban on travel imposed on eight nations in southern Africa in response to the omicron variant of the coronavirus, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll. 

Seventy-one percent of registered voters in the Dec. 6-7 survey said they approve of Biden's decision to restrict travelers from those countries, while 29 percent of respondents said they disapprove. 

Seventy-eight percent of Republicans, 88 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of independents support Biden's travel ban.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul praises removal of Neil Young songs from Spotify: 'Seeya' YouTube permanently bans Dan Bongino Conservative pundit says YouTube blocked interview with Rand Paul MORE (R-Ky.) criticized the travel ban in an interview on Sunday, saying that “the travel bans aren't going to work” to prevent the variant from spreading.

Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care — ObamaCare gets record numbers Fans attending Super Bowl LVI to be given KN95 masks The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Breaking: Justice Breyer to retire MORE said last week that the U.S. will “hopefully” be able to lift its travel ban on African countries “in a quite reasonable period of time” as more information emerges regarding the omicron variant and its existence in the U.S.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 926 registered voters between Dec. 6 and 7. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points. 

Gabriela Schulte