I&I/TIPP Poll: Who Are The Real COVID Extremists?

I&I/TIPP Poll: Who Are The Real COVID Extremists?

How do Americans see the effectiveness of pandemic mandates?

Terry Jones

To hear the media tell it, Americans are bitterly and broadly divided over COVID-19 and the policies enacted to mitigate its spread and save lives. But while there remain significant differences among political affiliations, the degree of agreement among Americans on COVID-19 policies is noteworthy, new data from the I&I/TIPP Poll show.

Media coverage of COVID-19 this year has often focused on the degree to which the "right" and "conservatives" have refused to heed government-imposed mandates and rules to deal with the fast-spreading virus. Coverage, as numerous studies and reports have shown, has been highly politicized.

To find out if this is true, the December I&I TIPP Poll asked Americans "Generally speaking, in your opinion, how effective have the following been in controlling the spread of coronavirus?"

Respondents rated three types of mandates: Mask mandates, lockdowns, vaccine mandates using a Likert scale — Very effective, Somewhat effective, Not very effective, Not at all effective, and Not sure.