A new survey from the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune indicates that a majority of people in the state support schools and enclosed places that require masks, in addition to allowing companies to issue vaccine mandates.
The 1,200-person poll showed 57 percent of Texas voters support masking indoors in the state, it reports. The Texas Tribuneand finds that 58 percent support masking requirements in schools. Forty percent opposed masking requirements indoors and 39 percent opposed masking in schools.
Texas has become ground zero in the mask and vaccine debate, and Texas is joining other states in suing the Biden administration over its vaccine or testing mandate for companies with at least 100 employees.
Governor of Texas Greg abbottGreg Abbott Travis Scott to Cover Funeral Expenses Related to Fatal Concert Criminal Investigation Launched into Houston Festival Deaths Travis Scott Sued for ‘Avoidable Tragedy’ at Houston Festival MORE, a Republican, has tried to ban local mask mandates and openly opposed what he sees as a government overreach of coronavirus-related restrictions.
However, the new survey shows strong support within the state of Texas for more stringent vaccine requirements.
It found that 54 percent support that a company can require vaccination for its employees, while 43 percent oppose it.
The results reflected a sharp partisan split in the state, with nearly 90 percent of Democrats in Texas supporting companies to require vaccinations for employees and 80 percent of Democrats supporting such a measure for customers. Only 26 percent of Republicans support that companies can require vaccinations for employees and only 18 percent of Republican votes say that companies should be able to impose such rules on their customers.
Additionally, the Tribune poll found that Democrats are generally more likely to get vaccinated than their Republican counterparts in Texas. Ninety-four percent of Democratic voters in Texas say they are vaccinated or plan to be vaccinated, while 59 percent of Republicans say the same.
Abbott (R.) signed an executive order prohibiting vaccine mandates for “any entity.”
The executive order states: “No entity in Texas may compel a person, including an employee or consumer, to receive a COVID-19 vaccine who objects to such a vaccine for any reason of personal conscience, based on religious belief, or because of medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19. ”
This move was criticized by Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciJill Biden to Launch Effort to Encourage Vaccines Among Children Ages 5-11 Pfizer: Antiviral Pill Reduces Coronavirus Deaths, Hospitalization in High-Risk Patients by 89 Percent Nikki Haley Calls for a Cognitive Test for Politicians older MORE, who called the ban “unfortunate.”
According to the New York Times data, obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 53.7 percent of Texans have been fully vaccinated so far.