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Poll: 79% of Floridians want a statewide mask mandate

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Posted at 1:52 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 13:56:17-04

A new poll might have just put an end to the debate on what Floridians want when it comes to a statewide mandatory mask mandate.

Last week, Quinnipiac University released results from a poll that was based off of questions about multiple controversial topics surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

The group of people that participated was comprised of registered voters in the state.

The University found that, "there is overwhelming support for requiring face masks among all ages and every other listed demographic group."

When asked if they think, at this time, that people in Florida should be required to wear a mask in public 79% of the people said "yes" and 20% said "no."

Currently, no statewide mask mandate is in place in Florida, but cities and counties across the state have since implemented mask orders.

81% percent of those polled also found that face-coverings are effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Researchers asked Floridians a range of other questions from Gov. Ron DeSantis' performance during the pandemic to reopening schools.

In terms of the state's response to the pandemic, the poll found that 83% say the spread of COVID-19 is a serious problem in that state, and 70% categorized the spread as "out of control."

That data from the poll also shows that 61% of Floridians believes DeSantis "reopened the economy too quickly."

While 31% found he opened the state at the "right" pace and six percent wanted the economy reopened sooner.

The poll results were are split when it comes to the state government issuing a stay-at-home order. The results: 49% say "yes", while 48% say "no."

Approval v. disapproval ratings related to reopening schools and the decisions of leadership see a closer gap, according to the results.

62 to 33% find it "unsafe to send students to elementary, middle and high schools in the fall." With both President Trump and Gov. DeSantis' approach to getting kids back in the classroom ranking in the mid-to-high 50s for disapproval.

"DeSantis' commitment to putting students in classrooms in the fall is a non-starter with voters. From elementary school kids to collegians, Floridians are saying 'forget it,'" said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.

You can read the results of the entire poll here.