A near majority, 49 percent of US adults, believe those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should continue wearing masks in public, a Rasmussen Reports poll said on Tuesday.
“The good news is that half of Americans now believe we are winning the war against COVID-19. The bad news is, nearly half still want you to keep wearing a mask, even if you’re vaccinated against the virus”, a press release explaining the poll said.
In addition to the 49 percent who want the faces of vaccinated Americans covered in public, 54 percent say masks should be worn by those who have contracted COVID-19 and recovered, the release said.
Many US states have ended facemask requirements for fully vaccinated people when outdoors and away from crowds, although mask rules in most cases remain in places for shoppers inside stores and at other indoor locations.
The poll also revealed 50 percent now believe the US is winning the war against COVID-19, up from just 28 percent in January. Another 26 percent say the nation is losing the war while 25 percent are not sure.
Despite the optimism, 58 percent of Americans expect they’ll be required to wear masks in public places for at least another six months, including 25 percent who expect mask mandates to last 18 months or longer, according to the release.