UW Survey: Almost Half Of Wyomingites Support Face Mask Ordinances

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Nearly half of Wyomingites (47%) would strongly support an ordinance requiring people in their community to wear a face covering while visiting indoor public places, a recent survey showed.

An additional 13% said they would somewhat support a mask ordinance.

The Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center conducted a survey on Aug. 10, the seventh of a series to measure public opinion on a number of coronavirus-related topics.

A total of 503 Wyoming residents participated in the survey representing all Wyoming counties, ages, and genders, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. Those surveyed were randomly selected from the center’s “WyoSpeaks” panel, a group of people who have said they would be willing to be interviewed for polls.

The majority of Wyomingites surveyed said they’ve changed their daily routine by now wearing personal protective equipment in public due to the virus. This is an increase of 8 percentage point since mid-July and an increase of 15 points since April.

Nearly half of the surveyed people (44%) said they always wore a mask while in indoor public places, an increase of 15 points from last month. In addition to that, 22% of people said they wore a mask often, an increase of 2 percentage points.

Not as many surveyed Wyomingites were as supportive regarding mask use in outdoor public places, with 21% saying they would strongly support the idea and 19% would somewhat support it.

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