Friday, May 20, 2022

Most Americans support mask mandates in public transport, poll shows

Most Americans continue to welcome the mandatory use of face masks on public transportation, or at least that is what a new survey shows.

The poll, conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found that 56% of Americans favor forcing people to wear masks on planes, trains, or other means of public transportation.

On the other hand, 24% of those surveyed were against this imposition and 20% were undecided.

The poll was conducted between Thursday, April 14 and Monday, April 18, just after a federal judge struck down the national mandate for face masks on airplanes and mass transit.

This change in the law was celebrated with great joy by passengers on airplanes in mid-air, who were quick to remove their masks after hearing the news.

In addition, this survey reveals another interesting fact: if ideologies are considered, we see a clear difference between Democrats and Republicans in terms of how they feel about this issue. 80% of Democrats support the continuation of the mandate, while 45% of Republicans are against it.

The debate on the mandatory use of face masks on public transportation comes at a time when concerns about COVID-19 are at an all-time low.

In fact, only 20% of respondents admit that they are very or extremely worried that they or a family member will be infected with the virus. That’s down 5 points from last month (25%) and 16 points from December and January (36%.)

Another 33% say they are somewhat worried, while 48% say they are not worried at all.

In the previous survey conducted by the same polling firm, 44% of respondents said they were still often or always wearing masks outside the home, a percentage, however, well below the 65% who said the same at the beginning of this year.

This latest survey also showed that about half of Americans are in favor of forcing workers who interact with the public to wear face masks, while 3 in 10 opposed.

Source: The New York Post