Most Americans think that President Joe Biden has overstepped his authority in mandating vaccines for Americans in the private sector. Last week, the president issued an executive order that says vaccines are mandatory for at least 100 million Americans, including all who work at businesses with more than 100 employees.
When asked, “Do you believe President Biden has the constitutional authority to force private businesses to require vaccine mandates for employees?” 58.6 percent of respondents said that he does not have the authority. 29.7 percent said he has the authority to mandate shots.
Even Democrats who answered the question are divided on whether the president has the authority. 55 percent of Democrats think Biden can mandate vaccines, while 27 percent don’t agree with that position.
As for Republican voters, 83.5 percent say the president does not have the authority. Only 10.7 percent of Republicans think he does have the authority.
For people who have either no party registration, or a third party, more than 68 percent say Biden doesn’t have the authority, while 21 percent say he does.
When asked if they think governors should oppose Biden’s nationwide vaccine mandate on private businesses, 56.1 percent said that governors should, indeed, oppose the president, while 40.1 percent oppose that idea.
It splits out by party: Democrats are against governors opposing Biden, while Republicans strongly favor governors opposing Biden on these mandates. Unaligned or third party voters side strongly with the Republicans.
Conducted 09/10/21 – 09/12/21 • 1098 Respondents
• Likely General Election Voters
• Response Rate: 1.46%
• Margin of Error: 2.96%
• Confidence: 95%
• Response Distribution: 50%