A majority of the public favors sending back illegal immigrants who test positive for COVID-19, along with other government restrictions to slow the spread of the virus, according to a new Echelon Insights poll commissioned by the Washington Examiner.
About 72% strongly or somewhat support immediately deporting those caught illegally at the southern border who test positive, versus only 17% who strongly or somewhat oppose.
Respondents supported, 74% to 21%, the government requiring unvaccinated people to wear masks in indoor public places. They also supported, 61% to 33%, requiring everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks indoors. Support was also high for requiring children to wear masks in schools, 67% to 27%, and prohibiting large gatherings such as concerts, 61% to 33%.
The survey included 1,016 registered voters from Aug. 13-18.
The results were divided by party affiliation. Only 45% of Republicans supported masks in indoor public places for everyone regardless of vaccination status, versus 85% of Democrats. Likewise, requiring schoolchildren to mask up garnered more support among Democrats than Republicans, 88% to 45%.
Still, a substantial majority of Democrats, 65%, supported sending back illegal immigrants who tested positive for COVID-19. But the measure was still more popular among Republicans, at 83%.
The poll also found substantial support for employers enforcing vaccine mandates.
Almost two-thirds of respondents either strongly support or somewhat support private companies requiring their employees to be vaccinated or tested for the virus regularly. Only 28% either strongly or somewhat opposed the idea.
Respondents also favored companies firing employees who did not get vaccinated, with 58% supporting versus 36% opposed. By a margin of 61% to 32%, respondents supported requiring vaccines for activities such as eating indoors at restaurants or going to the gym.
The question of mandates also split the two parties, with 84% of Democrats but only 40% of Republicans supporting companies firing employees who did not get vaccinated. Likewise, only 46% of Republicans supported employers requiring vaccines or testing for employees, versus 89% of Democrats.
The public remains anxious about the pandemic, and that seems to be driving the support for mandates. Twenty-three percent of those polled said the pandemic was the most important issue facing the country today, making it the top pick. The second was jobs and the economy at 16%, and third was immigration at 11%.
Four in 10 respondents were either extremely or very concerned about someone in their family becoming infected with the coronavirus, while 46% feared the worst of the pandemic is yet to come. People were more concerned about reopening the country too quickly and thus allowing the virus to spread versus waiting too long to reopen and damaging the economy, 53% to 17%.
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Original Author: David Hogberg