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Three-quarters of Massachusetts residents are in favor of a universal vaccine mandate, according to the survey

Three-quarters of Massachusetts residents are in favor of a universal vaccine mandate, according to the survey

According to a new study from dozens of researchers at Northeastern and Harvard universities, Massachusetts, ostensibly ranked as america's leader in vaccinations, is also one of the states that leads in openness to vaccine mandates.

According to a study released last week by the COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Publics Policy Preferences Across States, 75% of adults in Massachusetts support implementing restraining orders for obtaining vaccinated hands, while 81 percent of people getting on planes, 71 percent supporting one for children going back to school, and 78 percent support one that applies to students going to college.

Were well above the national average," he added. Matthew Baum, a Harvard public policy professor and one of the study's authors, said, Our support level is one among the highest across the 50 states in nearly every instance.

The study found 65 percent support for a universal vaccine mandate, 71 percent for an airplane travel mandates, 64 percent of respondents for school vaccine requirements, and 68 percent to reaffirm support of occlusion measures. The "very strong" numbers were generally up 1 to 2 percent from a similar survey conducted in June and July, according to the researchers.

The national survey also asked respondents if they supported requiring large corporations to ensure employees are vaccinated for COVID-19 or are tested regularly" and found 60 percent support. The study did not provide state-level data for that question.

The big takeaway from this, it seems to me, is that if our leaders are willing to go there, a substantial majority of the public would be willing, Baum said. Rather than paying a political price, youre likely to reap monetary rewards if you're willing to implement these kinds of policies in dozens of instances, says Dr. Schuster.

The majority of people from almost all partisan and demographic subgroups we studied supported vaccination mandates, but Republicans were a significant exception, according to the study.

Forty-three percent of Republicans voted in favor of a universal mandate, 41 percent backed educating children, 47 percent supported requiring college students to attend school, and 35 percent opposed enforcing mandatory vaccinations or regular testing of employees. A small majority of Republicans, 51 percent, voted in favor of requiring vaccinations for people who want to board airplanes.

Baum said vaccination had become more politized and in this case its become much more political than any other public health issue in my lifetime.

Northeastern University, Harvard University/Harvard Medical School, Rutgers University and Northwestern University are part of the consortium. Since April 2020, the consortium has been conducting a series of large 50-state surveys to determine peoples attitudes and behaviors about COVID-19. The survey on vaccine mandate attitudes was conducted between August 26 and September 27, 2021.

The online survey of a representative sample of people more than 21,000 nationally, including 453 in Massachusetts asked people whether they strongly, somewhat, strongly opposed, or somewhat disapproved of an vaccine mandate. The study compared strongly supported and somewhat supported" responses to determine whether the mandate was supported.

Martin Finucane can be reached at martin.finukane@globe.com.

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