Why Do Unvaccinated Americans Wear Masks?
Anjuli Shere, Roy H. Perlis, Matthew A. Baum, Alauna C. Safapour, Mauricio Santillana, Harvard University; Katherine Ognyanova, Rutgers University; Kristen Lunz Trujillo, Alexi Quintana, David Lazer, Ata Uslu, Jon Green, Hong Qu, Northeastern; James Druckman (IPR/ Political Science), Jennifer Lin, Caroline Pippert, Northwestern University
Between Aug. 26 and Sept. 27, researchers from Northwestern, Northeastern, Harvard, and Rutgers polled more than 21,000 individuals from all 50 states about their vaccination status and mask-wearing behavior. While 29% of Americans are still unvaccinated, nearly two-thirds of this group (19%) are concerned enough about the spread of COVID-19 to regularly wear a mask—and the No. 1 reason for a large majority of them is concern about family members contracting COVID-19. The poll also found unvaccinated Americans who choose to wear masks are more likely to be politically Independent (47%) than the entire sample (36%); significantly younger, with 63% under the age of 45 versus 47% for all Americans under the age of 45; and disproportionately from the South (45%) and less likely to be from the Northeast (14%).
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