More than half of Americans now wearing face masks as coronavirus spreads
More than half of Americans who shut off in public in the recent week said they wore a good face mask to defend themselves via the coronavirus â? but Democrats were far more likely to help don the protective gear than Republicans, according to a vote released Friday.
The ABC/Ipsos survey found that overall, 55 percent of Americans who embarked outdoors said they wore a good face mask or other face covering, such as a headband or bandana, while 45 % said they did not.
But the countryâs partisan separate was also reflected in this results, with 69 percent of Democrats saying they had used such coverings compared to 47 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of Independents.
But that partisan divide was fewer dramatic when those surveyed were being asked if they were troubled over coronavirus, with 90 % of Democrats and 82 % of GOPers saying these folks were troubled about the pandemic.
The Trump administration has sent put together signals over the use of masks, with Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx urging Americans to put on them outdoors to safeguard themselves while others.
First female Melania Trump on Thursday messaged a photo of herself wearing a mask together with urged others to do this same.
âAs the CDC studies the spread of #COVID-19, they recommend people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when social distancing can be hard to do. Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing,â she wrote.
But President Trump said masks were voluntary, and said they wouldnât be wearing one.
âI donât know, somehow sitting in the Oval Office behind that beautiful Resolute Desk,â the president told reporters during a briefing a few days ago.
âI think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I donât know. Somehow, I donât see it for myself. I just â I just donât. Maybe Iâll change my mind, but this will pass, and hopefully itâll pass very quickly.â
The vote comes as there have been recently 461, 437 confirmed cases inside the US and 16, 478 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, which tracks global cases
The poll was conducted via April 8 to 9, 2020 among a random national test of 512 adults, and features a margin of error of plus or minus 5. three or more points.