Poll: Americans oppose new COVID mandates for the Omicron variant

Do you think there ought to be new coronavirus mandates issued in response to the latest Omicron variant?

A new poll has found that the overwhelming majority of Americans don’t. 

The numbers

The poll comes from the Trafalgar Group. 1,084 likely general election voters, between December 4th and 7th, were asked a series of questions about coronavirus policy given the new Omicron variant.

69.4 percent of participants expressed their belief that further mandates or restrictions are “not needed” to combat the Omicron variant. This includes 86.5 percent of Republicans, 67 percent of Independents, and 54.5 percent of Democrats.

This is not the result that many leaders on the left, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, will want to hear. Just in November, Fauci insisted that coronavirus mandates ought to continue until more or less everyone is vaccinated.

And, we have recently seen some Democrat leaders use the Omicron variant to push more harsh restrictions. Outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, for example, used the Omicron variant to justify a coronavirus vaccine mandate for all private employees. He also used it to justify requiring young children to prove their vaccination status before being allowed to enter indoor restaurants, entertainment venues, and the like.

Background

The left, this time around, will have a slightly harder time pushing coronavirus mandates given reports that have already come out about the Omicron variant.

One of the initial reports came from the South African doctor who first identified the variant. Based on his experience with it, he said that the symptoms appear to be “extremely mild,” and he pointed to a 33-year-old patient who had body aches, a scratchy throat, and a headache.

Since then, both Fauci and the World Health Organization (WHO) have made statements indicating that the Omicron variant may not be as bad as previous variants, such as the much-talked-about Delta variant.

This, though, hasn’t stopped Fauci from supporting mandates and even suggesting that, in the near future, “fully vaccinated” may mean four shots; the two initial ones, plus two subsequent boosters.

On top of this, also making the left’s job of maintaining control more difficult is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). DeSantis has refused to adhere to the lockdown/mandate approach of the left, and, as a result, his state has some of the best coronavirus numbers in the country.

Accordingly, DeSantis declared that he will not be imposing mandates or any other kind of restrictions on the people of Florida in response to the Omicron variant. Trafalgar’s poll would suggest that most Americans, at least in this regard, want the United States to look more like Florida.

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