Poll Finds Many Americans Are Not Wearing Masks

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22.11% of U.S. respondents say they never wear a mask when leaving the house

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Americans Are Not Wearing Masks Philadelphia, PA - An ongoing COVID-19 Survey finds 58.64% of people worldwide “Always” wear masks when leaving home -- Only 40.54% in the United States.


Why Americans Are Not Wearing Masks

Since early April, Premise Data has received more than 1.1 million responses to its Coronavirus Global Impact survey. Respondents live in 106 countries, including 43,500+ people based in the United States. The survey responses point to dramatic differences between the beliefs of U.S. residents and people in other regions of the world.

Survey Highlights:
  • 11% of U.S. respondents say they never wear a mask when leaving the house
  • When asked why they don’t wear a mask, 30.45% say, “I don’t believe face masks are effective for preventing the spread of COVID-19.”
  • Worldwide just 10.55% of respondents say they don’t believe masks are useful for preventing the spread.
  • 70% of global respondents say they don’t need a mask to protect themselves or others; in the U.S., that number jumps to 9.78%.
  • In the U.S., 24.57% of respondents say they don’t wear a mask because “I do not own a mask or know how to make one.”
  • The majority of the U.S.-based respondents -- 52.42% -- say they “adamantly” practice social distancing when they leave the house. Another 33.43% say they do so “as much as possible.”
  • Only 3.63% say they don’t practice social distancing at all.
  • 78% of respondents worldwide are “very confident” they are immune should the second wave of COVID-19 emerge in the future. In the U.S., that number drops to 66.12%.
  • Around the world, 74.47% of respondents’ children’s schools are closed due to COVID-19, and 7.81% believe schools will reopen soon.
  • In the U.S., 81.96% of schools are closed, and just 5.21 believe schools will reopen soon.

Data collection began on April 2, 2020, and is ongoing, with updates published every three days; the last update occurred on July 23, 2020.

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