According to the results of a recent poll, the majority of Americans don’t want government action on the Delta variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The poll, conducted by the Trafalgar group in partnership with the Convention of States Action, was released on June 28. It involved a representative sample of 1,101 likely general election voters. Respondents were asked about what they think the response should be as the Delta variant continues to spread across the country.
Health officials say that the Delta variant is “a highly infectious mutation” that could soon become the dominant strain in America.
The majority of the poll’s respondents – 63.0 percent – said that “[g]overnment should take no action.” With the vaccines and treatments available, respondents also said that people “can make personal decisions on how to respond.”
Meanwhile, only 17.7 of respondents said that the government should reinstate mandates for wearing face masks and social distancing. Only 7 percent wanted the government to reinstate lockdowns, along with mask-wearing and social distancing.
The remaining 12.3 percent of respondents weren’t sure how they wanted the government to respond.
Respondents who identified as Republicans had the greatest opposition to government action in response to the Delta variant, with 83.4 percent not wanting the government to take action.
On the other hand, Democrat respondents, who in previous polls often favored stronger government measures in response to the coronavirus, were also mostly opposed. At least 50.1 percent also said they didn’t want government action.
Out of the Republican respondents, only 7.2 percent answered that they want mask and distancing mandates and only 2.4 percent said they also want lockdowns.
Meanwhile, 25.8 percent of Democrats said that they want the government to impose mask-wearing and social distancing restrictions to address the Delta variant threat and 11.3 percent said they also wanted to go back into lockdown. (Related: Delta variant of the coronavirus will be the new excuse for tyrannical health measures.)
The poll released at the same time that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the Delta mutation, which was first identified in India, was a “variant of concern.”
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the head of the agency, explained that she expects the mutation to become the dominant strain in the country. That said, Walensky said in an interview that the more transmissible U.K. variant still made up almost 70 percent of the cases in the U.S.
In the spring of 2020, America entered near-nationwide lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every state, along with the federal government, has eventually rolled back restrictions. However, some have kept rules in place despite a sharp improvement in coronavirus metrics like average daily cases and patients in hospitals.
Health officials claim that lockdowns have helped keep people safe, but there are experts who counter that the strategy had unintended consequences. These include an increase in unemployment rates, widespread business closures and a greater number of mental health issues.
When asked about the possibility of another lockdown, President Joe Biden said that the prevalence of the Delta strain will be unlikely to prompt another lockdown in the country, especially since most of the population has already been vaccinated.
He added that the Delta variant can cause more deaths in areas where people haven’t been vaccinated, suggesting that coronavirus vaccines are worth risking your health for even if many of them are linked to various negative side effects.
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