These polling numbers give the Biden admin a sigh of releif….
They are contesting the Florida Federal judges ruling against them….
MASK MANDATES POPULAR? A Florida judge’s decision to strike down the CDC’s mask mandate for travel last week eventually prompted a DOJ appeal (after some internal kvetching from the White House about what to do). But while social media was filled with videos of cheering flight crews and passengers taking off masks mid-flight last week, five public polls conducted since the beginning of April show varying but sustained support for travel mask mandates.
THE POLLS: A Harris Poll conducted from April 1 to 3, a Morning Consult/POLITICO survey from April 15 to 17, an AP-NORC poll conducted from April 14 to 18, a daily YouGov poll conducted on April 18 and a Premise poll conducted from April 15 to 17 all show continued support for the mandate, though the methodologies, question wording, sample size and timing of the polls were different. Support for travel mask mandates polled between 56 percent and 62 percent in the five polls, despite increasing support from elected Democrats to do away with masks on planes, trains, buses and other forms of travel.
The administration is worried that the ruling overturning the mask mandate last week will erode the CDC’s public health authority if it is allowed to stand, even though many administration officials acknowledged that the mandate itself wasn’t going to be around much longer anyway….