BROOKVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Results of a breaking Long Island University Steven S. Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling and Analysis national poll on what Americans think about the coronavirus reveal that while there was uncertainty over taking a vaccine if it were available today, most respondents were confident that wearing masks reduces the spread of the virus.
MIXED CONFIDENCE IN POSSIBLE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE
Americans were asked if they would agree to be vaccinated if an FDA approved coronavirus vaccine was available right now. The result was a mixed response. Of the respondents, 38.2% said yes, 33.4% said no, and 28.4% said they didn’t know or gave no answer. Male respondents said yes at a higher rate (47%) than female respondents (31%).
THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS (84%) ARE CONFIDENT THAT WEARING A MASK IN PUBLIC REDUCES THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS
National poll results found that 84% of respondents said they believe that wearing a mask in public reduces the spread of the coronavirus, while 10% did not believe that wearing a mask in public makes a difference, and 6% said they were not sure. Respondents with a household income above $100,000 showed confidence levels in masks at a higher rate (89%) than those with a household income below $100,000 (83%).
CONFIDENCE LEVEL OF WEARING MASKS IN PUBLIC TO REDUCE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS IS HIGHER IN NORTHEAST AND PACIFIC REGIONS; LOWER IN MIDWEST, SOUTH, AND MOUNTAIN REGIONS
Regional differences exist in Americans’ belief that wearing a mask in public reduces the spread of the coronavirus. Respondents with the highest confidence level in wearing masks in public live in the Northeast (90%) and Pacific (89%) regions. Respondents with lower confidence levels regarding wearing masks in public live in the Midwest (81%), South