A huge majority of Americans (83%) say postponing the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo was the “right decision,” according to a new Axios|Momentive poll. Yet, the public is split nearly evenly (47% vs. 50%) between those who approve and disapprove of the decision to hold the Olympics now, while Tokyo remains in a coronavirus state of emergency and the pandemic continues worldwide.
- Last year’s decision gets cross-party support: 92% of Democrats, 84% of independents, and 76% of Republicans say it was the right decision to postpone the 2020 Games
- Democrats tip more towards disapproving of the decision to hold the Olympics now (41% approve, 58% disapprove)
- Republicans (52% approve, 47% disapprove) and independents (55% approve, 45% disapprove) tip more towards approval
Six in 10 Americans (60%) say Olympic athletes should be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to compete.
- Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans to support requiring vaccinations (84% vs. 41%), no surprise given Democrats’ greater willingness to get vaccinated themselves (Momentive’s current estimates, through July 18, have 84% of Democrats, 60% of Republicans, and 55% of independents saying they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine)
- Support for requiring vaccinations is particularly high among seniors: 57% of adults age 18-34, 56% of those 35-64, and 74% of those 65+ support the athletes’ being required to be vaccinated
- Two thirds of Americans (66%) say a COVID outbreak among athletes is likely to occur at the Olympics; slightly fewer (59%) say a COVID outbreak is likely to occur among the general public as a result of the Olympics
- Most Americans (66%) say they approve of the Olympics committee’s decision to ban fans from attending this year’s Olympic events
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