Poll: Nearly 3 in 4 support reinstating mask mandates if COVID-19 cases rise

Nearly three-quarters of voters support reinstating mask mandates in their area if there is a spike in coronavirus cases, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Seventy-four percent of registered voters in the July 16-17 survey said they support reissuing a mask mandate if their area experiences a rise in cases.

That includes 46 percent who strongly support bringing back mask mandates and 28 percent who somewhat support the idea.

By contrast, 26 percent of respondents said they oppose such a move, including 12 percent who somewhat oppose and 14 percent who strongly oppose.

Ninety-three percent of Democrats said they support reinstating mask mandates if their areas sees an upswing in COVID-19 cases, along with 71 percent of independents and 59 percent of Republicans.

Over the weekend, Los Angeles County announced that it will be requiring all residents to wear masks indoors in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status as the area experiences in a rise in coronavirus cases due to the spread of the delta variant.

The most recent Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 957 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 3.17 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte