UW Survey: 61% Of Wyomingites Wearing Masks In Public

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A majority of surveyed Wyomingites recently said they’ve changed their daily routine by wearing a mask in public due to the coronavirus.

The survey, conducted Aug. 10, was done by the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center. The recorded results of mask use went up to 61%, an increase of 8 percentage points, since July 14 and by 15 percentage points since April.

The survey is the seventh in a series WYSAC is conducting to measure public opinion on a number of topics related to the coronavirus. 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.

When asked about the previous two weeks, 44% of Wyomingites said they always wore a face covering when in indoor public places, an increase of 15 percentage points from July.

Additionally, 22% said they wore a mask often, an increase of 2 percentage points.

Almost half of the residents surveyed said they would strongly support an ordinance that required people in their community to wear a mask when visiting indoor public places, with an additional 13% saying that would somewhat support an ordinance.

Only 21% said they would strongly support an ordinance requiring a mask in outdoor public places and 19% said they would somewhat support that type of requirement.

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