Political divide evident even in wearing masks, Minnesota Poll finds

Political divide evident even in wearing masks, Minnesota Poll finds

Face masks have become the defining image of the coronavirus pandemic, and increasingly the focus of the political divide over the crisis. But nearly three-quarters of Minnesota voters polled said they had worn face masks or coverings whenleaving home in the week preceding a Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll. Majorities said they'd donned a mask regardless of whether respondents were sorted by ideological preference, geographic area or age group. But the poll also showed clear differences. The poll, conducted May 18-20, found that 92% of Democrats and 75% of independents had worn a mask the previous week, compared with 53% of Republicans. In Minneapolis, DFL Mayor Jacob Frey has since announced he will require that people use face coverings in stores and other indoor gathering places. Violators will risk a $1,000 fine. Across the country, mask policies have provoked scattered confrontations, some violent. For some, face masks have become a political emblem. Republican lawmakers in Minnesota and in Washington have been less likely to wear them than their Democratic counterparts. President Donald Trump has shown a strong reluctance to don a mask. That partisanship was clear in the Minnesota Poll of 800 people, conducted as state infections and deaths continued to rise. Statewide, 47% of Republicans said they had not worn a mask in the preceding week, compared to 8% who identified as Democrats. The poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, has an overall margin of error of 3.5%. Women were more likely to wear masks, with 80% saying ...
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