Poll: 82 Percent of Democrats Willing to Wear Masks Indoors at All Times Due to Omicron Fears

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Eighty-two percent of Democrats are willing to wear face coverings indoors at all times due to fears of contracting the omicron coronavirus variant, a Tuesday Axios-Ipsos poll revealed.

Overall, 62 percent of Americans are willing to wear a mask indoors at all times, while just 38 percent of Republicans are willing to do so.

The poll also shows 94 percent of Democrats support private mask-wearing mandates at local businesses. Only 43 percent of Republicans agree. In total, 69 percent support private mask mandates.

When respondents were asked if they support preemptive travel bans to slow the variant’s spread, 67 percent overall said they would support the measure (72 percent of Democrats and 66 percent of Republicans).

It should be noted President Biden followed Donald Trump’s example and issued a travel ban shortly after the Omicron variant was detected on November 27, though Biden called Trump’s policy racist in 2020.

WARREN, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 09: Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden replaces the mask he wears to reduce the risk posed by coronavirus after addressing union members outside the United Auto Workers Region 1 offices on September 09, 2020 in Warren, Michigan. Biden is campaigning in Michigan, a state President Donald Trump won in 2016 by less than 11,000 votes, the narrowest margin of victory in state's presidential election history. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Joe Biden replaces the mask he wears to reduce the risk posed by coronavirus after addressing union members outside the United Auto Workers Region 1 offices on September 09, 2020 in Warren, Michigan. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The poll also asked if airlines should mandate passengers be vaccinated to fly. Sixty-seven percent of respondents said yes.

Respondents were also asked if they would support more lockdowns. Only 35 percent said they would support the devastating measure.

The polling comes as omicron variant has reportedly spread across at least 18 states, eluding Biden’s promise to “shut down the virus.”

The variant is now in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, [and] Wisconsin.”

Despite Biden’s promise to shut the virus down, the New York Times reported in November the United States has undergone more coronavirus deaths under Biden than under Trump, despite vaccine availability.

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