There has been quite a dilemma over whether President Joe Biden should use the carrot or the stick when it comes to mandating mask-wearing. Unfortunately, about 30 percent or 100 million Americans refuse to take the coronavirus vaccine. That causes what health experts are calling “breakthrough” cases or infections after people have already had their vaccination(s). President Biden has been using the carrot so far, but how long will that last?
The Delta variant is far more contagious and far more prevalent than the original coronavirus. The word has been that breakthrough cases are not as bad, but that may just be an assumption.
In a new Hill-HarrisX Poll, right at 67 percent of American voters approve of how the president has been handled the pandemic. But a full 33 percent disapprove. Other surveys have shown similar results, approvals in the upper 60 percentages.
France has just tied the coronavirus shot to people’s jobs. That appears to carry more weight than any other motivation, even preventing loved ones from dying.
President Biden’s numbers are lower when it comes to how he is doing overall, but not substantially so. He has a 58 percent approval rating with 42 percent disapproving. When asked how he is doing “administering the government,” 60 percent approve, and 40 percent disapprove.
When it comes to “the economy, stimulating jobs, and fighting terrorism” 57 percent approve. On handling foreign affairs, he ranked similarly with 56 percent approving. The lowest marks he has come on handling immigration. There, interviewees divided an even 50-50 percent.
The Hill-HarrisX Poll was administered to 949 registered voters. The margin of error was 3.18 +/- percentage points.
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