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Quinnipiac poll shows majority in Florida supports public mask mandate

Many of us have an opinion about wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s certainly a hot and divisive topic. But a new poll shows an overwhelming amount of Floridians actually support a statewide mandate.  

We went around Lee County Friday to learn what community members think about masks and recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University 

“I don’t mind if a business imposes a mandate,” Nancy Schwind said. “I will follow the business rulesbut I just had a contractor over at my houseand I felt perfectly comfortable with him not wearing a mask. I think it should be up to the individual.”  

More than half the country already requires everyone to wear masks in public. Quinnipiac found about 79% of Floridians think we should join the ranks.  

We found similar results from our smaller sample size to that national poll when we visited parts of Lee County — Cape Coral, south Fort Myers area and Estero. 

Of the 10 people we asked, eight said, yes, Gov. Ron DeSantis should impose a statewide mask mandate in public places, saying it would help slow the spread of COVID-19 

“It’s to protect you if something is wrong with me,” Chris Whited said. “Soif I’m asymptomatic and I don’t think that there is something wrong with meI could be spreading it to other people. So I’ll wear a mask just in case.”  

People who we spoke to that are against mask mandates believe everyone should make that decision for themselves.  

“I don’t use it because I don’t like it,” Hans Liepke said.  

“I think it infringes on personal freedom,” Nancy Schwind said. “I think that I am an adult. I can make up my mind whether I do that or not with somebody else.”  

Nineteen counties in Florida currently have some type of mask mandate. Lee County is not among them. 

In Southwest Florida, Collier County, Punta GordaSanibel and Fort Myers Beach all have mask mandates.  

According to Quinnipiac’s poll, 51% of people do not think Gov. DeSantis is doing a good job handling the pandemic. 

MORE: Quinnipiac poll on face masks in Florida

Reporter:Andryanna Sheppard
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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