August 13, 2021 6:00am

Baton Rouge Power Poll: Mixed feelings on mandatory COVID vaccines

Our respondents weigh in on who should be able to require the shots.

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By Matthew Albright
Baton Rouge, LA Correspondent

This month, we asked Baton Rouge Power Poll members to weigh in a burning controversy: Who should be allowed to require vaccines? And, even if they have the ability, should they?

The results are some of the most divided we've had in any poll. Let's dig in.

One of the big questions about mandatory vaccinations is whether it should matter that the FDA has only given emergency approval to the shots, not full approval. Our resondants are pretty split: 60% say the vaccine shouldn't be made mandatory until full approval happens, though half of that 60% said employers should mandate the shots once it does.

Almost all our respondants believe that private businesses and organizations should be allowed to mandate the shots if they want to. And two-thirds said it's a good idea for private employers to do so.

There's a different nuance when it comes to public schools and universities like LSU. More respondants said LSU shouldn't be allowed to mandate vaccines, but of those who did, almost all thought they should.

Opinion is pretty cut and dry when it comes to government agencies. Three-quarters of respondants said they should be able to require the vaccine, and all of them thought they should.

About Power Poll: Power Poll asks questions of the most powerful, influential people in U.S. cities. It is not a scientific survey. But because the people responding to the surveys comprise the leadership structure of their cities, the results afford a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of those in a position to make change. Power Poll is distinctly nonpartisan.

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