While many Americans have grown weary of government-imposed mandates amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent poll of District of Columbia residents found that about three quarters supported a mandate requiring patrons to show proof of vaccination to enter establishments like gyms and restaurants.
As of Feb. 15, the mandate requiring establishments to check customers’ vaccination statuses prior to entry has been dropped.
But according to the Washington Post poll carried out Feb. 2-14 , a whopping 74% of D.C. residents supported the requirement, while just 24% opposed it.
The Washington Post reported that 86% of white residents and 63% of black residents favored the mandate.
D.C. Council member Brianne K. Nadeau, a Democrat, is pushing to resurrect the mandate.
“As a CM, and a parent of 2 kids under 5, I am flabbergasted and angry. Why would we give up on vaccines when we have come this far? Why are we not protecting the workers in these industries? Why are we telling parents we don’t care if they participate in society? I’m so F-ing mad,” Nadeau tweeted on Monday.
“I have drafted an emergency bill to reinstate the vaccine mandate. Stay tuned,” Nadeau tweeted on Tuesday.
While 63% in the poll indicated that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had levied the correct amount of restrictions, 19% thought she had not instituted a sufficient amount, while just 16% thought the Democratic mayor had imposed an excessive amount of restrictions.
D.C., which leans heavily Democratic, has gone to the Democratic presidential candidate in every presidential contest it has participated in, a time span that stretches back to the election of 1964.