Majority of workers in new poll favors vaccine mandates

Majority of workers in new poll favors vaccine mandates
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A majority of American workers now supports vaccine mandates, according to a new poll. 

The Gallup survey published this week found 52 percent of employees questioned said they are in favor of vaccine requirements, with 38 percent opposed and 10 percent expressing no opinion.

Since May, there has been an increase in the percentage of workers who strongly favor vaccine mandates, from 29 percent to 36 percent now, Gallup noted, as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus has sent nationwide case counts soaring, mostly among unvaccinated people. 

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A growing number of public- and private-sector employers have said they will require vaccines for employees, citing a dip in nationwide inoculation rates and the danger of the delta variant. 

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Since May, the percentage of respondents who said their employer is requiring vaccinations has increased from 5 percent to 9 percent, Gallup noted. 

A June survey from the firm found 62 percent of those workers polled who do their jobs remotely, and 54 percent of hybrid workers surveyed, are in favor of their employer requiring vaccines. On-site workers are split on vaccination requirements, with 42 percent of respondents favoring mandates and 42 percent opposing them. 

The most recent Gallup poll was conducted July 19-26 among 1,862 adults. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.