Majorities and pluralities of Democrats openly favor punishments and controls for their fellow Americans who decline to take COVID-19 vaccines far beyond current mandates, according to an alarming new survey by the Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports.
While the report, released January 13, shows that voters overall are evenly divided on the Biden administration’s current vaccine mandates and the favorability of its top COVID czar, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Democrats are naturally more approving of Democrat policies. However, the poll also found that the party’s base would be willing to go drastically further than what the White House has proposed so far.
55% of Democrat voters would support “proposal[s] for federal or state governments to fine Americans who choose not to get a COVID-19 vaccine.” 59% would support “requiring that citizens remain confined to their homes at all times, except for emergencies, if they refuse” the shot.
48% also “think federal and state governments should be able to fine or imprison individuals who publicly question the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications,” while 45% would favor “requiring citizens to temporarily live in designated facilities or locations if they refuse” to vaccinate for COVID, and 47% “favor a government tracking program for those who won’t get” one of the vaccines.
Nearly a third of Democrats, 29%, would even support “temporarily removing parents’ custody of their children if parents refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine,” according to the results.
Further, poll respondents tend to understate positions they fear would be perceived negatively by interviewers, so the true number of Democrat voters willing to employ such coercive measures against their fellow Americans may be even higher.
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