Less than half of Americans believe elementary school students should be required to be vaccinated to attend classes, a new Gallup poll finds, with parents of school-age children least likely to support the measures.

Support for mandatory vaccinations for middle school, high school and college students has also slipped since last year.

The latest Gallup poll, conducted between July 26 and Aug. 2, finds just 48 percent of Americans back vaccine mandates in elementary schools.

It also found sliding support for vaccine mandates in middle and high schools, and colleges and universities, compared to when the question was polled in July 2021.

Fifty-four percent supported vaccine mandates for colleges and universities, a decline of nine percent compared to the sixty-three percent who supported it in 2021.

Fifty-three percent supported vaccine mandates for high schools, a decline of seven percent compared to the sixty percent support in 2021.

Fifty-one percent supported vaccine mandates for middle schools, a decline of seven percent compared to the fifty-six percent support in 2021.

Gallup did not poll support for elementary school mandates in 2021.

Support for vaccine mandates was lowest among parents.

“Parents of school-aged children are significantly less likely than nonparents to favor vaccination mandates at all education levels. Only about four in 10 parents favor them for any student cohort, while between 51% and 57% of nonparents support them,” Gallup reports.

Their polling also finds declining support for adult school personnel.

“The survey also finds 55 percent of Americans in favor of vaccination requirements for teachers and staff in K-12 schools, down from 63 percent last September,” Gallup reports.

Support for vaccine mandates appears to be largely driven by political ideology.

“As is the case for many COVID-19 opinions or behaviors, the largest subgroup differences are by political party. More than eight in 10 Democrats favor vaccination mandates for all student groups, while fewer than two in 10 Republicans agree,” Gallup reports.

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Michael Brigham has written for American Action News since the summer of 2019. His areas of expertise include foreign affairs, government, and politics, but regardless of the subject matter, he has a nose and an insatiable appetite for news. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction, watching a mix of comedies and true crime documentaries, and spending time away from the swamp hiking in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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3 months ago

No we are not. Some places(DC) for example won’t let non vaccinated kids into the schools. So I’d say no were not.

3 months ago

Well, if the High School my daughter will be attending requires the experimental gene altering shot that is known to KILL to be able to attend my daughter will not be going. END OF DISCUSSION!!

3 months ago

Brain dead Biden isn’t!