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A new Zogby Strategies online poll of 1,007 American parents with children under age 12, commissioned by Children Health Defense, reveals Americans side with the old maxim, “all politics is local,” as strong majorities choose personal sovereignty over national mandates.
A key question — “Should it be up to the parent(s)/guardian or school district whether or not your child should wear a mask throughout the school day?” — resulted in a plurality of parents (48%) saying they should have the ultimate say versus 42% who said the school district should make that call.
As more workers take to the streets over what is fast becoming a top issue — vaccine mandates — the poll reveals while 61% of American parents of children under the age of 12 have received the COVID-19 vaccine, a substantial majority do not agree with government mandates.
“Which of the following statements comes closer to your viewpoint?
“Statement A: Whether I decide to take the vaccine or not, It’s my body, my choice.
“Statement B: Government authorities are correct to mandate the vaccine to Americans, even those who seek exemptions”
revealed almost twice as many (57% to 33%) parents of young children select personal choice over public health mandates.
The poll also asked about a variety of workers, and which side the respondents agree with:
“For each of the following cases, please tell us whether you agree more with ‘my body, my choice’ or government requiring [workers] to get the COVID-19 vaccine:”
- Police officers: 53% selected ‘my body, my choice’ over 38% who sided with government mandates.
- Healthcare workers: 51% selected ‘my body, my choice’ versus more than 42% who sided with government mandates.
- Teachers: 53% selected ‘my body, my choice’ 39% who sided with government mandates.
- Truck drivers: 57% selected ‘my body, my choice’ over 31% who sided with government mandates.
- Airline employees: 52% selected ‘my body, my choice’ over 40% who agreed with government mandates.
“Americans know the difference between leadership and bullying,” said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Children’s Health Defense chairman and chief legal counsel. “It’s not surprising they overwhelmingly disapprove of governmental attempts to force their children to submit to unwanted and risky medical interventions with experimental, zero-liability vaccines.”
The online poll of 1,000 American parents with children under the age of 12 has an overall sampling error of +/- 3.2 percentage points. Subgroups have a higher margin of error.