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USF survey shows majority of Floridians want a statewide mask mandate

Posted at 11:40 AM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 11:40:04-04

(WTXL) — 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% of those surveyed would support a statewide mask mandate, with 73% indicating that they would ‘Strongly Support’ such a measure.

Researchers also found that 82% 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% 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% of respondents indicated that they would support a statewide decision to close public schools this Fall.

Also, about 46% 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.