Less than a week after he announced he would use his office to compel businesses to require their employees to be vaccinated, President Joe Biden has received some bad news. On Monday, the results of a poll were released showing that the majority of Americans oppose the president’s authoritarian vaccine mandate.
The Trafalgar Group, in partnership with the Convention of States Action, polled over 1,000 likely 2022 election voters on their attitudes towards Biden’s vaccine mandate. The report revealed:
58.6% of voters do not believe President Biden has the constitutional authority to force private businesses to require vaccine mandates for employees, while 29.7% believe he does have the authority, and 11.7% aren’t sure.
Opinions on the matter fell largely on partisan lines with 83.5% of Republicans believing Biden lacks the authority to issue this type of executive order and 54.9% of Democrats believing that he does. But among Independents, 68.2% asserted the president doesn’t have the authority to issue the vaccine mandate.
The survey also analyzed attitudes towards governors pushing back on the president’s mandate. It found that most Americans agreed with governors who are fighting back.
From the report:
56.1% of American voters support the efforts of state governors to oppose Biden’s nationwide vaccine mandate on private businesses—46.3% strongly support, 9.8% support.
Most Republicans (78.5%) and Independents (62.3%) supported governors who disagree with the mandate while almost one-third (29.8%) of Democrats agreed.
Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action said:
The numbers are clear, the American people passionately oppose Biden’s vaccine mandate, and will not tolerate a President elected by the people acting like a dictator or king. They know full well that this precedent will quickly lead to an end to our Republic and the beginning of an oppressive new tyranny.
He continued, calling the mandate “a naked political power grab.”
The results of this survey suggest what many already believe: The Biden administration is woefully out of touch with the American public. It seems the president made a gamble that might come back to bite Democrats in the not-so-distant future.
While many Americans are not opposed to taking vaccines, they believe taking the jab should be a matter of personal choice. Indeed, a Trafalgar Group poll conducted last month revealed that 71.4% of respondents felt that taking the vaccine should not be compelled by the government and that people should make their own choice regarding the matter.
The Biden administration’s vaccine mandate is going to be aggressively challenged in the courts, and it is possible that it could be struck down. However, even this happens, it does not mean the Democrats will give up in their quest to force Americans to get the injection. For the time being, the debate over vaccine mandates is not over.