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Rasmussen Reports released a national phone and online survey last week that showed 70 percent of likely U.S. voters are confident in the safety and effectiveness of the COVID vaccine.

But, despite the confidence, half of those surveyed said they expect Americans will be required to wear masks in public at least another six months. And a majority said public health should take precedence over individual liberty.

Forty-two percent of those surveyed said they are very confident in the COVID vaccine — an eight-point jump from March.

Twenty-six percent of voters said they are not confident the vaccine is safe and effective, which includes 15 percent who said they are not at all confident.

Forty percent of voters said they believe Americans will be required to wear masks in public for less than six months, but 50 percent said the mask mandates will continue longer — including 23 percent who said Americans will be required to wear masks in public for 18 months or longer.

Fifty-two percent of voters said protecting public health is more important than protecting individual liberty. Just 40 percent disagree and said protecting liberty is more important.

Seventy percent of Democrats said protecting public health is more important than protecting individual liberty. Thirty-nine percent of Republicans and 45 percent of unaffiliated voters agree.

Fifty-five percent of Republicans said protecting individual liberty is more important. Forty-four percent of unaffiliated voters agree while just 25 percent of Democrats said so as well.

Fifty-four percent of Democrats said they are very confident in the safety and effectiveness of the COVID vaccine. Thirty-five percent of Republicans and unaffiliated voters agreed.

Forty-one percent of Democrats think mask mandates will continue at least another 18 months. Sixteen percent of Republicans and 20 percent of unaffiliated voters agree.

Author: Jacob Hall