Florida Likely Voters Have Strong Take Pushing Masks and Vaccines

August 23, 2021

Immediate Release:

In a recent poll of 1,222 likely Florida voters over the age of 45, we see a damning cry for mandatory vaccines and facemasks, regardless of their age, gender, or location.  When looking at the data, you will see how this issue could strongly shape the next election from the top down, more so than personalities.

Sneak Peak:  Out of those surveyed, nearly 85% wear facemasks most of the time, if not all.  We see strong opposition to Governor DeSantis’ with-holding of funds based on masking mandates.  We also see over 75% saying employment should be conditional upon you getting a vaccination.  Additionally, we found 58.7% saying we opened the state up to early.

There were nine questions, and the topline data will be shown on the following pages.   

First, this is very telling with nearly 85% saying they would wear a mask in public if they can’t social distance.

First, do you wear a face mask in public when you can’t social distance?
Responses: 1222Total Overall %
 1. Always840 68.7%
 2. Most of the time173 14.2%
 3. Sometimes104 8.5%
 4. None of the time105 8.6%

Additionally, we see that DeSantis is out of step with the most likely voters in Florida when only 29.3% support his wanting to withhold funding from school systems that enact facemask mandates.  This issue is what is separating him and his administration from the desires of the voters. 

2. Do you think Governor Ron DeSantis should withhold funding from school districts that make facemasks mandatory?
Responses: 1222Total Overall %
 1. Yes358 29.3%
 2. No864 70.7%

To follow up on that was a shock to us here at the Listener Group; we found that 74.5% of those surveyed wanted masks to be mandatory in their local school systems.  Again, wanting to be safe than sorry with regards to the children, regardless of their likelihood of getting it or not. 

3. Next, do you think masks should be mandatory in your local school system?
Responses: 1222Total Overall %
 1. Yes910 74.5%
 2. No31225.5% 

Also, those surveyed think that if any government was to make a choice about masks in schools, they would prefer it be from local education or school board officials as opposed to dictates from elected officials in Tallahassee.

4. Next, do you think the choice of making a mask mandatory or not should be made from officials in Tallahassee or from your local school board officials?
Responses: 1222Total Overall %
 1. Tallahassee281 23.0%
 2. Local education leaders800 65.5%
 3. Need more information14111.5% 

Now, regarding the vaccines, this is very loud, to say the least.  First, we have 75.5% who support across the board mandatory vaccinations for Covid-19.

5. Now regarding vaccines, do you think do you agree with mandatory vaccinations for Covid 19?
Responses: 1222Total Overall %
 1. Yes923 75.5%
 2. No299 24.5%

We then see 82.4% saying Covid-19 vaccinations should be mandatory for health care workers.

6. Next, you do think all health care workers should have to be vaccinated?
Responses: 1222Total Overall %
 1. Yes1007 82.4%
 2. No215 17.6%

Additionally, we see 78.1% saying teachers should be vaccinated.

7. Do you think all teachers should have to be vaccinated?
Responses: 1222Total Overall %
 1. Yes954 78.1%
 2. No26821.9% 

And on top of that, for all other employment areas where you are facing more than 5 persons a day, we see that 69.4% saying your need to get vaccinated as a contingent of your employment. 

8. Now, in the everyday workforce, do you think an employer should mandate you get vaccinated as a condition of your employment?
Responses: 1222Total Overall %
 1. Yes848 69.4%
 2. No374 30.6%

Finally, this is shocking, but we found 58.7% saying we opened the state up for business too early.

9. Finally, do think the state was opened for business too early?
Responses: 1222Total Overall %
 1. Yes717 58.7%
 2. No50541.3% 


The persons sampled were Florida likely voters with a voting score of 100% for the primary and general election cycles. The voters called were those only with landlines and were called using an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system and were called during the hours of 1PM to 8PM August 21-22, 2021. The Margin of Error for this study is +/- 3.1% with a confidence level of 95%.  


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