Poll: Escambia County residents support mandatory face masks

In one of the most conservative counties in the state, Escambia County voters believe face masks should be mandatory throughout the county. According to the latest Inweekly/Political Matrix poll of 865 Escambia County residents, 72.4% support the county mandating the wearing of face masks, with 27.6% being against the idea.

Support for mandating masks is across all five county commission districts. The districts of Doug Underhill (D2), Luman May (D3) and Robert Bender (D4)  had over 70% in favor of mandatory face masks

Do you think the county should mandate wearing a mask when you are not able to participate in social distancing?

Responses Total %
Yes 626 72.4%
No 239 27.6%

 

District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5
Bergosh Underhill May Bender Barry
Yes 67.1% 71.1% 79.3% 77.8% 63.2%
No 32.9% 28.9% 20.7% 22.2% 36.8%

The poll found that 69.1% said they always wear a face mask when they can’t social distance. Additionally, 12.1% said they wear them most of the time and 8.6% saying some of the time they wear the mask.

Do you wear a face mask in public when you can’t social distance?

Responses Total %
Always 598 69.1%
Most of the time 105 12.1%
Sometimes 74 8.6%
None of the time 88 10.2%

Less than a third of employers are requiring workers to wear face masks

If you are working, does your employer require you to wear a mask?

Responses Total %
Always 273 31.6%
Most of the time 74 8.6%
Sometimes 58 6.7%
None of the time 148 17.1%
I’m not working 312 36.1%

For two-thirds of the respondents, it’s extremely important that restaurant employees wear masks.

When you enter a restaurant, how important is it to you that the employees are wearing a mask?

Total %
Extremely Important
583 67.4%
Very important
84 9.7%
Important
54 6.2%
Not important
84 9.7%
Very unimportant
34 3.9%
Extremely unimportant
24 2.8%

The same went for other retail situations.

When you enter a convenient store, grocery store, or other retail establishment, how important is it to you that the employees are wearing a mask?

Total %
Extremely Important
583 67.4%
Very important
94 10.9%
Important
59 6.8%
Not important
81 9.4%
Very unimportant
20 2.3%
Extremely unimportant
28 3.2%

 


METHODOLOGY:

The persons sampled were Escambia County registered voters. The voters called had cell phones and landlines and were called using an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system  during the hours of 5PM to 8PM between June 26-28, 2020. The Margin of Error for this study is +/ 3.5% with a confidence level of 95%.

 

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  1. With the 4th of July and the Blue Angels show coming it only makes sense to do this now. We are now seeing the results of no face mask for Memorial Day . JUST DO IT!!!!

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