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Poll: 72 percent say parents should be required to vaccinate their children

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Poll: 72 percent say parents should be required to vaccinate their children
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More than seven in ten Americans support requiring parents to vaccinate their children, according to newly released data from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.

A significant majority — 72 percent — favor vaccination requirements, while a quarter (25 percent) believe the choice should be left up to parents. Just three percent said they were unsure about the issue

The new NBC/WSJ polling comes as the number of reported measles cases continues to increase around the country, with over 700 reported cases so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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In 2015, a CBS News poll of adults found that 66 percent wanted required vaccinations and 32 percent believed it should be up to parental preference.

In the NBC/WSJ data, the greatest opposition to required vaccinations appears to be among parents themselves, with 37 percent opposing vaccination requirements and 61 percent supporting them.

In contrast, non-parents are overwhelmingly in favor of requiring vaccinations, at 77 percent.

There is also variation between different age groups, with Americans ages 35-49 least likely to support required vaccinations. Just 59 percent in that group support vaccination requirements, compared with 73 percent of those under 35, 78 percent of those aged 50-64 and 84 percent of seniors.

African Americans are also less likely than their white or Latino counterparts to support required vaccinations. More than a third — 36 percent — of African Americans believe vaccinations should be left up to parents, compared with 23 percent of whites and 20 percent of Latinos.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted April 28 - May 1, 2019. The margin of error for all adults is /- 3.27 percent.