Most Americans say they have worn mask in public: poll

Most Americans say they have worn mask in public: poll
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A large majority of Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, say they have worn a mask in public throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey from the Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape Project.

Data from the survey shows 84 percent of respondents said they wore face covers in public to limit the spread of the novel virus, USA Today reported.

Eighty-nine percent of Democrats surveyed said they had worn masks out in public, while 81 percent of Republican respondents said the same, according to the survey results. 

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"The idea that there is a sizable portion of the population who's somehow violently opposed to this behavior that public health officials are advising just doesn't seem to line up," said Robert Griffin, research director for the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group.

The survey comes amid reports about people refusing to wear masks at retail establishments or harassing reporters for wearing masks.

The data also showed some variations in age: nearly 78 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 said they had worn a mask, while 90 percent of those over 65 said they wore masks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended face masks to fight the spread of COVID-19.

The survey polled 4,576 Americans and was conducted between May 7 to 14. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.