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A new poll found that nearly seven in ten parents with children under the age of 18 do not believe there should be a vaccine mandate for students.

Asked if students in grades K-12 should be required to take the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible for the shot, 68% of respondents that have children under 18 years old said they do not believe the vaccine should be mandatory, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday. Only 30% of respondents with children under the age of 18 agreed that the shot should be mandatory, the poll found.

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But the opinions of parents differed significantly from the overall population, with 52% of respondents overall saying the vaccine should not be mandatory for students once they are eligible, compared to 44% who said it should be a requirement.

The poll also showed that Americans now disapprove of President Biden’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic overall, with 48% of respondents saying they approve of the president’s handling of the pandemic compared to 50% who say they disapprove.

The president’s overall job approval rating was also underwater in the poll, with 38% saying they approve of the job the president has done compared to 53% who disapprove.

“Battered on trust, doubted on leadership, and challenged on overall competency, President Biden is being hammered on all sides as his approval rating continues its downward slide to a number not seen since the tough scrutiny of the Trump administration,” Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy said of the numbers.

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The discontent with Biden’s job performance could also prove problematic for Democrats as the 2022 midterm elections approach, with Quinnipiac also showing that Republicans lead Democrats 47-44 in their latest generic congressional ballot poll.

“Though the numbers are not overwhelming, they signal a potentially ominous trend for Democrats as a plurality of voters recommend tossing out the party that controls the House,” Malloy said.

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