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Voters broadly in favor of national mask mandate, but more divided on vaccine mandate

Voters would also prefer lax enforcement on mask mandate.

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Administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, Washington, D.C. Dec. 15
Administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, Washington, D.C. Dec. 15
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Updated: December 15, 2020 - 3:18pm

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Do you favor or oppose a national mandate requiring every American to wear a mask whenever they leave home?
Just the News Daily Poll
With Scott Rasmussen
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if a law is passed requiring every American to wear a mask whenever they leave home, what should be done to those who leave home without wearing a mask?
Just the News Daily Poll
With Scott Rasmussen
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when a COVID vaccine is approved, would you favor or oppose a national mandate requiring every American to be vaccinated?
Just the News Daily Poll
With Scott Rasmussen

A majority of U.S. voters want a national mask mandate put in place, but they're more evenly divided on a national vaccine mandate, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

Nearly three-quarters of all voters – 73% – favor a nationwide mandate that requires people to wear a face covering "whenever [you] leave home."

Forty-eight percent of the poll respondents backed a U.S. vaccine mandate, while 44% opposed such an order. 

On the issue of enforcing a federal mask mandate, 53% of respondents were in favor of mostly lax enforcement, preferring that violators receive a "formal warning," a request to don a mask, or that they be left alone. 

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Do you favor or oppose a national mandate requiring every American to wear a mask whenever they leave home?
Just the News Daily Poll
With Scott Rasmussen

 

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if a law is passed requiring every American to wear a mask whenever they leave home, what should be done to those who leave home without wearing a mask?
Just the News Daily Poll
With Scott Rasmussen
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when a COVID vaccine is approved, would you favor or oppose a national mandate requiring every American to be vaccinated?
Just the News Daily Poll
With Scott Rasmussen

 

Rasmussen noted that "the partisan differences are wide" on the question of a mask mandate: 90% of Democrats support it, while just 60% of Republicans do. 

The survey was taken by 1,200 registered voters and conducted by Rasmussen from Dec. 10-12.

To see the poll's cross-demographic tabulations, click here.

To see the poll's methodology and sample demographics, click here.

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