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60 percent of adults feel children should be vaccinated, survey says

Six in 10 Americans now believe children should

Six in 10 Americans now believe children should be required to get vaccinations for childhood diseases like measles, mumps and whooping cough. Photo Credit: Fotolia

The debate surrounding vaccinations for kids has been a controversy among parents for years, and, according to a new poll, the dispute continues.

According to the Reason-Rupe national telephone poll, six in 10 Americans (60 percent) believe children should be required to get vaccinations for childhood diseases like measles, mumps and whooping cough. Thirty-seven percent think parents should be able to decide whether to vaccinate their kids.

About 1,004 adults were polled on mobile (503) and landline (501) in early October. The survey also found 52 percent of Americans feel unvaccinated children should be banned from attending public schools while 44 percent think kids who haven't been immunized should be permitted to attend public schools. And Americans older than 55 support required vaccination at a higher rate (67 percent) than millennials (51 percent).

The Reason-Rupe poll was executed by the Princeton Survey Research Associates International, the same firm that does Pew polls.

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