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USF survey: Majority of Floridians want a statewide mask mandate

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Posted at 10:41 AM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 10:41:20-04

A new survey from the University of South Florida found that majority of Floridians would support a statewide mask mandate.

According to results provided by researchers at USF’s School of Public Affairs, 87-percent of those surveyed would support a statewide mask mandate, with 73-percent indicting that they would ‘Strongly Support’ such a measure.

Researchers also found that 82-percent believe that prevention guidelines being emphasized by public health officials are effective in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

When it comes to the coronavirus pandemic, 55-percent of those surveyed believe the worst is not yet behind us.

USF researchers surveyed 600 Floridians from across the state from July 30 through August 10 for their data.

In addition to face masks, Floridians gave their opinions on other areas including the reopening of schools and concerns about election season.

When it comes to reopening Florida schools, 73-percent of respondents indicated that they would support a statewide decision to close public schools this Fall.

Also about 46-percent of Floridians feel that political candidates should not hold any rallies in Florida this Fall, while another 42% feel that political rallies should only be held with proper social distancing guidelines.

On Monday, Florida reported its lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since mid-June.

The state also reported 2,678 new confirmed cases and 87 deaths.