From the Washington Post, via email…as you can see, Glenn Youngkin is WILDLY out of step with what most Virginians want, not to mention with the policy merits of mask and vaccine mandates. That alone should be disqualifying for Youngkin and his right-wing, anti-public-health ticket.
According to a Washington Post-Schar School poll, about a month into the school year, a clear majority of Virginia voters support coronavirus vaccine mandates in schools, while a smaller majority supports such requirements for in-person workers in the state. The numbers are highest in the close-in, mostly blue D.C. suburbs, where overwhelming majorities support vaccine mandates for teachers and other school workers, while smaller majorities back them in other regions of the commonwealth.
- 7 in 10 registered voters support Virginia’s statewide mask mandate for teachers, staff and students in school buildings, including at least 6 in 10 voters across different regions of the commonwealth.
- Two-thirds support school districts requiring teachers and staff to be vaccinated.
- Several Northern Virginia counties along with the city of Richmond require public school teachers and staff to either be vaccinated or to submit to regular testing.
- An additional 6 in 10 support districts requiring high school athletes to be vaccinated.
- A 55 percent majority support businesses broadly requiring employees who come into work to be vaccinated.
- Almost 9 in 10 Virginians in the D.C. suburbs support requiring teachers and staff to be vaccinated
- Six in 10 Virginians support school vaccine mandates in the Tidewater area
- 56 percent in central and western Virginia.
- A vaccine mandate for high school athletes — which will go into effect in November in Fairfax and Loudoun counties as well as in Arlington — also has greater support in the D.C. suburbs, with 8 in 10 registered voters there supporting it. Support ranges between 52 percent and 60 percent in other regions of the state.