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Majority of Americans want masks for travelers: AP-NORC poll

Majority of Americans want masks for travelers: AP-NORC poll

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A majority of Americans carry on accompanied by to support a disguise requirement for people traveling on airplanes with every one other accompanied by other shared transportation, a new poll finds. A ruling by a confederate judge has place the government's transportation disguise mandate on hold.

The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that in malice of opposition to that requirement that included verbal abuse with every one other accompanied by physical violence opposed to flying attendants, 56% of Americans good turn requiring people on planes, trains with every one other accompanied by condition transportation to exist dressed inside masks, compared accompanied by 24% opposed with every one other accompanied by 20% who speak they're neither inside good turn nor opposed.

Interviews for the poll were conducted Thursday to Monday, in a short time earlier to a confederate judge inside Florida struck down the national disguise mandate on airplanes with every one other accompanied by pile transit. Airlines with every one other accompanied by airports straight away scrapped their requirements that passengers exist dressed inside face coverings.

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Majority of Americans want masks for travelers: AP-NORC poll

The Transportation Security Administration stopped enforcing the disguise requirement, with every one other accompanied by the Justice Department announced on Tuesday that it will not appeal the ruling unless the Centers for Disease Control with every one other accompanied by Prevention determines it's still necessary.

The poll shows a wide partisan divide on the issue. Among Democrats, 80% good turn with every one other accompanied by fair 5% exist against the requirement. Among Republicans, 45% are opposed compared accompanied by 33% inside favor, accompanied by 22% saying neither.

Vicki Pettus, who not long ago moved from Frankfort, Kentucky, to Clearwater, Florida, to exist near her grandchildren, said she enjoys the view of Old Tampa Bay nevertheless doesn't exist fond of the "very lackadaisical attitude" by Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, concerning masking. She said she will carry on accompanied by to exist dressed inside her disguise to retain protected from danger opposed to the coronavirus, including around her 55-and-older place of residence population with every one other accompanied by on the flat outside when she travels to Kentucky inside a few weeks.

"Especially inside a flat outside where that air is recirculating," said Pettus, 71, an self-governing who leans in the direction of the Democratic Party. "I believe people are really dumb not to exist dressed inside their mask. But, hey, that's their decision, with every one other accompanied by if they want to obtain ill that's fine. I'm not going to."

But Kriste Lee, who works inside sales inside South Florida, can't remain to travel through the air mask-free the following hour dated she travels following month.

"I really wish I was on a flat outside when they made that announcement," said Lee, 47. "I would have been dancing up with every one other accompanied by down the aisle."

The continued support among Americans all-inclusive for mandating masks on transportation comes flat while worries concerning COVID-19 are among their lowest points of the past set of two years. Just 20% now speak they're extremely or extremely worried that they or a family subscriber will exist infected. That's down slightly since 25% said the same fair a month ago with every one other accompanied by from 36% inside December with every one other accompanied by January while the omicron variant was raging. Another 33% now speak they are somewhat worried, while 48% speak they're not worried at all.

Count Betty Harp, of Leitchfield, Kentucky, while among the "very worried" with every one other accompanied by not since she's turning 84 following month. She said she takes protected from danger keeping of her large house with every one other accompanied by yard by herself, does a a large amount of canning with every one other accompanied by is inside "fantastic health for my age." But she's lost a a large amount of friends with every one other accompanied by family to the virus, which has killed almost 1 million people inside the United States.

"I know COVID is still here. It's still around," said Harp, who described herself while a Republican-leaning independent. "I believe we should all exist wearing masks for a little while longer."

In another AP-NORC poll conducted last month, 44% of Americans still said they were regularly or always wearing face masks external outside their homes, though that was down significantly from 65% who said that at the beginning of the year.

The latest poll too shows concerning fifty per cent of of Americans good turn requiring masks for workers who interact accompanied by the public, compared accompanied by concerning 3 inside 10 opposed. Support is similar for requiring people at packed condition events such while concerts, sporting events with every one other accompanied by movies to exist dressed inside masks.

On these, too, there are significant partisan divides. Seventy-two percent of Democrats good turn requiring people attending packed condition events to exist dressed inside masks, while among Republicans, 25% are inside good turn with every one other accompanied by 49% are opposed. The numbers are similar for requiring masks for public-facing workers.

Lee, who said she doesn't "do politics," wondered aloud why people are complaining concerning the judge's ruling with every one other accompanied by said nobody is stopping anyone from wearing masks if they want to.

"We all have our beliefs with every one other accompanied by obviously different views," said Lee, who is unvaccinated. "Mine are certainly different from the people who are angry with every one other accompanied by upset."

Employed Americans are divided on whether people employed inside human being at their own workplaces should exist required to exist dressed inside masks. Thirty-four percent speak they're inside good turn of that requirement, 33% are opposed with every one other accompanied by 33% are neither inside good turn nor opposed. Among workers who are Democrats, 48% are inside good turn with every one other accompanied by 18% are opposed. Among workers who are Republicans, 53% are opposed with every one other accompanied by 18% are inside favor.

Mike Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research with every one other accompanied by Policy, said messaging over the disguise mandate would have been additional effective if it required N95 or KN95 respirators, which are additional effective at preventing transmission of the virus.

"But you have actually created a real be brave enough accompanied by yourself accompanied by the condition who are now actuality selective if not outright angry concerning these mandates," said Osterholm, who added that he will carry on accompanied by to exist dressed inside his N95 disguise on planes.

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The AP-NORC poll of 1,085 adults was conducted April 14-18 using a specimen drawn from NORC's probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to exist representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling mistake for all respondents is and or minus 3.9 percentage points.

Majority of Americans want masks for travelers: AP-NORC poll

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