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  • The Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 53 percent of registered voters who participated in the survey strongly supported statewide mask mandates that would fine or even jail individuals who refused to wear a mask.
  • When including voters who somewhat support such mask requirements, 72 percent of voters agreed.
  • Along party lines, 86 percent of Democrats polled strongly or somewhat supported such mandates, while 58 percent of Republicans and 68 percent of independents polled agreed.

A majority of Americans strongly support mask mandates that are punishable by fine or jail time if individuals refuse to wear face coverings in public, a new poll finds. 

The Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 53 percent of registered voters who participated in the survey strongly supported statewide mask mandates that would fine or even jail individuals who refused to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When including voters who somewhat support such mask requirements, 72 percent of voters agreed. 


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Along party lines, 86 percent of Democrats polled strongly or somewhat supported such mandates, while 58 percent of Republicans and 68 percent of independents polled agreed. 


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“With public health officials putting renewed emphasis on mask-wearing to combat the coronavirus, nearly three-quarters of voters — including over half of Republicans — would support their state instituting a mandatory mask order for public spaces, even if not wearing a mask could result in a fine or jail time,” Kyle Dropp, co-founder and chief research officer at Morning Consult said according to Politico.

The poll comes as a growing number of states have issued statewide mask mandates. As of Monday, at least 28 states require masks. Several major retailers and other businesses have also recently followed suit. 

President Trump, who has opposed a nationwide mask mandate and has mostly refused to wear a mask in public, tweeted a picture Monday of him wearing a mask with the caption “many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance.” 

The CDC recommends the use of masks or cloth facial coverings when it is not possible to stay at least 6 feet away from others. Studies have shown the use of face coverings can slow the spread of COVID-19 as it helps prevent asymptomatic coronavirus carriers from spreading it to others.

The Politico/Morning Consult poll was conducted only from July 17-19 among 1,991 registered voters across the country. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.


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Published on Jul 22, 2020