In an encouraging sign that Kristi Noem’s irresponsible anti-science baloney is not getting traction among regular America. The Pew Research Center reports that from June to August, the percentage of Americans who say they cover their faces in stores and other businesses most or all of the time has risen from 65% to 85%. Even Kristi’s national Republican fan base is getting the message:
The partisan divide has narrowed during this period, and solid majorities in both party coalitions now report regularly wearing masks. In the new survey, 92% of Democrats and those who lean toward the Democratic Party say they usually wear masks in stores and other businesses, as do 76% of Republicans and GOP leaners. In June, 76% of Democrats said they had usually worn masks in stores and other businesses over the past month, compared with a little over half of Republicans and GOP leaners (53%). The partisan gap is now 16 percentage points, down from 23 points this spring [Stephanie Kramer, “More Americans Say They Are Regularly Wearing Masks in Stores and Other Businesses,” Pew Research Center, 2020.08.27].
Republicans are the only group identified in Pew’s survey among which regular mask-wearing doesn’t reach 80%:
See? Republicans aren’t hopeless. They’re just a little slow.
Related Ratings: The prevalence of mask-wearing in America may reflect Americans’ relatively stable confidence in scientists… a confidence that far exceeds their confidence in elected officials like Kristi Noem: