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Nearly seven in 10 parents with children under 18 don’t believe there should be a vaccine mandate for students, a new survey found.

When asked whether students in grades K-12 should be required to take the COVID-19 vaccine after being eligible for the shot, 68% of respondents to children under the age of 18 said they would not believe that the vaccine should be mandatory, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll Released on Wednesday.


The survey found that only 30% of respondents with children under the age of 18 agreed that the shot should be mandatory.

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But parental opinion differed significantly from the overall population, with 52% of respondents overall saying the vaccine should not be mandatory for students once eligible, while 44% said it should be a requirement.

The poll also showed that Americans now disapprove of President Biden’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 48% of respondents saying they would prefer President Biden’s handling of the pandemic, compared to 50%. approve of those who say they disapprove.

The president’s overall job approval rating was also underwater in the survey, with 38% saying they approve of the work the president has done, compared to 53% who disapproved.

“Based on confidence, doubted on leadership, and challenged on overall merit, President Biden is being hammered on all sides as his approval rating slides down to numbers not seen since the Trump administration’s tough scrutiny. continues,” Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy said of the numbers.

Dissatisfaction with Biden’s job performance could also prove problematic for Democrats as the 2022 midterm election approaches, with Quinnipiac also showing Republicans lead Democrats 47-44 in his latest generic congressional ballot poll.

“Although the numbers are not high, they indicate a potentially ominous trend for Democrats as a plurality of voters advises ousting the party that controls the House,” Malloy said.