“Majorities support mask and vaccine mandates advocated by the Biden administration, as the coronavirus pandemic remains a top concern, according to the latest Fox News poll. Sizable majorities believe face masks (69%) and vaccines (65%) are effective and favor a range of mandates and requirements. The new survey, released Sunday, finds two-thirds believe schools should require masks of teachers and students (67 percent), and businesses should do the same with employees and customers (66 percent). Voters are a little less enthusiastic about vaccine mandates, but still support them for teachers (61 percent), the federal government (58 percent) and business employees (55 percent) On Sept. 9, President Biden ordered all businesses with 100 employees or more to require immunization or weekly testing. Fifty-six percent agree with this directive (41 percent oppose)” Fox News reports on the results of a Fox News branded poll.
While some may find this survey result surprising considering essentially everything they know about Fox News being by far the largest engine of cartoonish right wing propaganda in the United States, the fact is that Fox News public opinion polls are actually well-respected in the industry – rated higher by FiveThirtyEight than YouGov, Gallup, and Ipsos, among others. Why this is, we don’t know, but if we had to guess we would say Fox News’s polling department as it is now is currently one of the last vestigial components of unbiased reporting under the Fox News umbrella – and maybe not long for this world considering the election decision desk was gutted as a sacrificial offering to the MAGA cult after the infamous 2020 election night call of Arizona for Biden.