Poll on ‘Masking’ Shows Divisions Along Party Lines

People walking through a public place wearing face masks. | Image by Yury Karamanenko

The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, conducted in late October 2021, reveals that 60% of Texans surveyed agree with wearing masks when in direct contact with others outside their homes.

The Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin released a series of polls asking Texans about their views on wearing a mask in indoor public places, the state government’s response to the Coronavirus, and COVID vaccination, among other topics.

These studies were conducted on a population of 1,200 registered voters in Texas, and they generally show a division of opinion according to the voters’ political beliefs.

The numbers described in this article may not add up to 100%, as the poll results have a margin of error of +/- 2.80%.  

Respondents were asked: “Which of the following measures, if any, are you taking in response to the COVID-19 ?” Concerning the wearing of masks outside the home, when in close contact with people, a majority of voters (60%) acknowledged that they were taking this precaution. Democrats answered “yes” at 90%, while the Republicans were more reluctant, with only 33% answering “yes.”   

The poll also shows that women (65%) are more inclined to wear a mask when in direct contact with people, as opposed to men (55%). Among 18 to 29-year-olds, 73% say “yes,” while only 53% of those 65 and older say “yes.”   

Respondents were also asked: “Do you plan on getting a COVID vaccination ?” The poll shows that 68% of respondents have already received a vaccination, 5% would like to get one, and 20% do not intend to get vaccinated.

Interestingly, 85% of Democratic respondents have already received a vaccination, while only 56% of Republicans are vaccinated.

There is also a significant difference in those not planning to get vaccinated, with 33% of Republican voters versus only 4% of Democrats refusing the vaccine. Among the 5% of respondents who would like to get a vaccination, there is also a majority of Democrats (about 70%).  

Find more polls about COVID-19 by UT/TT here: https://texaspolitics.utexas.edu/polling  

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