Despite all the complaining people do about wearing masks due to COVID-19, polling done across three different countries shows most people say they wear a mask on a regular basis.
The survey, conducted by Maru/Blue in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom at the end of February, shows more than 90% compliance on mask-wearing in all three countries and significant support for mask mandates.
In Canada, 97% said they wear a mask on a regular basis or sometimes. That figure was 96% in the U.K. and 94% in the United States. Just 2% of respondents in Canada and the U.K. said they refuse to wear masks, a figure that stood at 3% in the United States while the rest said they didn’t need to wear a mask where they live.
In every country, men were slightly more likely to refuse to wear a mask than women and those aged 18-34 were the most likely age group to say they were not wearing masks. Geographically, Quebec, the American west and England’s northeast were the regions most likely to refuse to wear masks.
As for how much governments should do to enforce mask wearing as a tool to combat the spread of COVID-19, a majority in Britain, 53%, said authorities had not gone far enough in making people wear masks. That contrasts with 40% who felt the same way in the U.S. and 33% in Canada.
In Canada 55% agreed with the statement that authorities had, “found the right balance in making people wear masks.”
Just 12% of Canadians, 16% of Americans, and 7% of Brits thought governments had gone too far in mandating the wearing of masks.
By Brian Lilley