Almost half of US voters believe that vaccine passports is the right way to get the country “back to normal,” according to a new poll.
44% of likely voters said that requiring proof of vaccination to return to their daily lives was a “Good idea”According to a Rasmussen survey published on Thursday. However, it also showed that 41%, were outright opposed to the idea and 15% remained on the fence.
RT reports: Polling 1,000 voters earlier this week, the survey also found that opinions on the passes correlated with party affiliation, with 57% of Democrats voicing support for the idea compared to just 33% in the GOP. For those outside the two major parties, 45% said they are a “Bad idea,” while 26% of Democrats and 54% of Republicans expressed the same view.
Overall, half of the black voters polled said the passes are not a good solution, joined by 40% of white voters.
Though a plurality of respondents approved of the idea in concept, some netizens reacted to the numbers in horror, shocked by the level of support for what critics have condemned as a highly invasive and unnecessary measure, especially given warnings from health experts that those who receive the jab may still be able to spread the virus.
“Only 44% of America has bought into tyrannical fascism. Got it, ” said one detractor
The new data comes after the Biden administration acknowledged this week that it is working alongside the private sector to develop a variety of vaccine passport apps – at least 17 are currently in works in the US, according to the Washington Post.
While White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stressed that the government would not create a “Centralized universal federal vaccination database” and said it is merely offering “Recommendations” for the passes, a report in the Post last week suggested the administration is taking a larger role than Psaki let on. The CDC, for example, says it expects to help decide which organizations will be allowed to issue the passes, potentially giving a federal agency significant control over the program.
New York has already embarked on its own vaccine passport initiative, the ‘Excelsior Pass’, while officials in Hawaii are considering a similar project. But in line with the survey data on Republican voters, leaders in the GOP have also voiced growing opposition to the passes, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis imposing a statewide ban on Friday. Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia), meanwhile, dubbed the passes “Biden’s Mark of the Beast” – a reference to the Book of Revelations.
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