(NewsNation) – In the event of another COVID-19 increase, Americans would largely support renewed mask mandates, vaccine mandates, and even new orders to stay home, according to a new NewsNation / Decision Desk HQ poll released Wednesday.
Voters’ fears of the COVID-19 pandemic have been virtually untouched since last month, with 63.2% saying they were at least somewhat concerned about the pandemic, an insignificant change of one point since the end of March. On the question of what was a major threat COVID-19, inflation, unemployment or crime – 20% indicated that they still feared the threat of the virus.
“Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, whether you are a small government or a large government, you expect a certain level of competence from your state, local and federal government on (virus response), and I think you see this directly in some of these poll numbers, ”said Decision Desk HQ Advisor Scott Tranter.
This comes as many of the final federal COVID-19 restrictions were about to melt away. On Monday, a A Florida judge has ruled that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded its authority by adopting a national mask mandate on aircraft, trains and in transit hubs, which triggered an end to mandates across the country.
On Tuesday, however, the Justice Department said it would appeal this decision if the CDC makes a request.
At the same time, cases are starting to rise nationally again, caused by a mutant called BA.2 that is thought to be about 30% more contagious. The new variant got one renewed lockdown in Shanghai, China it has resulted in global supply chain problems and severe food shortages. Closer to home, Philadelphia became the first major city in the United States reintroduce its indoor mesh mandate Monday after reporting a sharp rise in coronavirus infections.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that 90% of all COVID-19 cases in the United States consisted of the highly contagious omicron variant and It informs Reuters the seven-day moving average of cases in the United States was 34,972 per. April 16, an increase of 23.4% from the previous week.
With that background, a large majority of the respondents NewsNation indicated support for renewed pandemic restrictions in case of a new increase in COVID-19:
- At least 64% were in favor of new mask mandates
- 59% said they would at least support vaccine mandates
- About 52% said they could be behind new orders to stay at home that included ordering unnecessary businesses to be closed
From Tuesday it is CDC reports 66% of the population has been “fully” inoculated with either one shot of the Janssen vaccine or two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. Only 45% of the country has received the first booster doses, and almost 50% of the eligible population has opted out.
There have been more than 80.7 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States and more than 989,000 confirmed deaths, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University.