Mandatory face masks

Jul 28, 2020

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose the mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public places to reduce the spread of Covid-19?

    Gender Age group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Strongly oppose 5% 6% 4% 4% 8% 2%
Somewhat oppose 8% 10% 6% 12% 9% 3%
Neither support nor oppose 20% 21% 19% 25% 18% 17%
Somewhat support 27% 28% 25% 26% 27% 28%
Strongly support 41% 36% 46% 34% 38% 50%
TOTAL: Oppose 13% 16% 10% 16% 17% 6%
TOTAL: Support 68% 64% 71% 59% 65% 77%
Base (n) 1,058 538 520 341 331 386

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA  
Strongly oppose 5% 2% 5% 8% 4% 5%  
Somewhat oppose 8% 8% 10% 9% 5% 7%  
Neither support nor oppose 20% 20% 12% 25% 26% 27%  
Somewhat support 27% 31% 20% 25% 27% 31%  
Strongly support 41% 39% 53% 33% 38% 30%  
TOTAL: Oppose 13% 10% 14% 17% 9% 12%  
TOTAL: Support 68% 70% 74% 58% 65% 61%  
Base (n) 1,058 352 239 220 88 110  
  • There is strong support for the mandatory use of face masks and coverings in public places, with two-thirds (68%) of participants supporting this enforcement. (either strongly or somewhat).
  • Support for this position was highest among women (71% support), those over 55 years old (77%), people in NSW (70%) and Victorian residents (74%).

Effectiveness of face masks

Jul 28, 2020

Q. In your opinion, how effective are face masks or coverings at preventing the spread of Covid-19?

    Gender Age group
  Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Very effective 19% 21% 17% 22% 19% 16%
Quite effective 46% 43% 49% 40% 47% 51%
Not that effective 20% 22% 17% 24% 19% 17%
Not effective at all 5% 7% 4% 5% 7% 4%
Unsure 10% 7% 13% 8% 9% 12%
Base (n) 1,058 538 520 341 331 386

 

    State
  Total NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Very effective 19% 18% 19% 20% 19% 13%
Quite effective 46% 49% 56% 34% 43% 42%
Not that effective 20% 19% 14% 24% 25% 26%
Not effective at all 5% 4% 5% 10% 2% 6%
Unsure 10% 11% 6% 13% 12% 13%
Base (n) 1,058 352 239 220 88 110

 

  • There is widespread belief that using face masks can reduce the spread of the virus, 19% think they are very effective and 46% quite effective. Just 5% thinking they are not effective at all effective in preventing the spread of Covid-19.
  • Victorians are most likely to believe masks are effective at preventing the spread of Covid-19 with 19% believing they are ‘very effective’ and 56% saying ‘quite effective’.

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