Gallup Poll Finds Democrats, Women, College-Educated More Likely To Wear Masks

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Survey found Democrats, women, and the college educated are more likely to wear masks in public to prevent COVID spread.

A Gallup Survey found that mask-wearing is highly political.

  • 94 percent of Democrats stated they “always” or “very often” wear masks when they leave their homes, compared with only 46 percent of Republicans.
  • 36 percent of Republicans said they “rarely” or “never” wear a mask when in public, as compared to 2 percent of Democrats.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends face coverings to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, especially when coming in contact with others. 

  • 21 states require the use of masks in public, which mask-wearing remains only a recommendation in remaining states. 
  • President Trump wore a mask publicly for the first time this weekend, about 3 months after the CDC recommended doing so. Public health experts had urged him to set the example for his supporters to begin wearing masks.

The poll found a gender divide about likelihood to wear a mask in public.

  •  81 percent of the female respondents reported that they “always” or “very often” wear masks when in public, as opposed to 63 percent of men and 72 percent of US adults in general.
  • 24 percent of men reported “rarely” or “never” wearing masks outside of their homes, versus only 11 percent of women. 

85 percent of participants with college educations said they wear their masks “always” or “very often,” opposed to 65 percent of those who do not hold college diplomas. 

Survey respondents between ages 35 and 54 were less likely to report “always” or “very often” wearing masks outside their homes, compared to those between ages 18 and 34 and those ages 55 and older.

Read the full report. 


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