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Rasmussen: 58% Expect Gov’t to Require Them to Continue Wearing Masks in Public at Least Six More Months

By Craig Bannister | May 4, 2021 | 3:15pm EDT
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More than half of American adults believe the government will require them to wear coronavirus masks in public places for at least another six months, a national Rasmussen survey finds.

According to the survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, conducted April 29-May 2, 2021, 58% say they think the mask requirement will last another six months to a year – and 25% believe it will continue for at least 18 months. Six percent (6%) predict that they’ll have to keep wearing masks “indefinitely.”

Republicans (40%) are more optimistic than Democrats (24%) that mask requirements will be lifted in less than six months, a view shared by 30% of all American adults.

Conversely, Democrats (57%) are more likely than Republicans (50%) to believe that “America winning the war against the coronavirus.”

In January, before Democrat President Joe Biden took office, only 23% of Democrats thought America was succeeding in combating the pandemic, compared to 46% of Republicans and 19% of unaffiliated adults.

Among all adults, 50% now say America is winning the war on the virus, while 26% say the nation is losing and another 25% aren’t sure. In January, just 28% said the battle against COVID-19 was being won.

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