California Vaccine Law Has Strong Bipartisan Support in State, New Poll Shows

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Daisi Minor gives an MMR vaccine to Kristian Richard, 1, being held by his mother, Natasha. A new statewide poll shows strong support for California’s schoolchildren vaccination rules.(Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Daisi Minor gives an MMR vaccine to Kristian Richard, 1, being held by his mother, Natasha. A new statewide poll shows strong support for California’s schoolchildren vaccination rules.(Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Californians strongly support a state law creating new oversight of vaccine medical exemptions for schoolchildren in a statewide poll released Monday, with backing across a spectrum of political affiliations, income and education levels, and geography.

The UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, conducted for the Los Angeles Times, found that 90% of Democrats, 82% of those with no party preference and 73% of Republicans supported the effort to increase immunization rates at schools and daycare facilities by allowing the California Department of Public Health to review and possibly reject a doctor’s determination that a child should skip all or some of their shots.

Overall, 8 out of every 10 voters surveyed said they supported the new law, with 61% saying they favored it strongly. Just 16% said they opposed it. The strongest dissent came from participants in the poll who described themselves as very politically conservative — 1 out of every 3 of those voters said they opposed it.

Still, 67% of conservative voters who participated overwhelmingly supported the vaccination law, said Mark DiCamillo, director of the Berkeley IGS Poll.

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