Complete Results of Hoboken Face Mask Survey

As we wait for the Hoboken City Council to take a final vote this evening on whether it will pass a controversial law requiring people to wear face masks when in public, or be fined $250, the city has released the complete results of its opinion survey on the issue.

Details are outlined in the following press release:

 

HOBOKEN RELEASES FACE MASK SURVEY RESULTS

The City of Hoboken today released the results of a survey regarding face mask usage. 3,661 people filled out a survey sent out by the City to residents in a 24 hour span between August 17 and 18, providing input on face masks and a potential ordinance currently before the City Council. According to the results of the survey, 51% of respondents indicated they agreed or strongly agreed with the implementation of an ordinance that allows for a $250 fine in situations when social distancing is not possible.

70% of the “high risk” population including seniors or those with serious underlying medical conditions indicated they would feel safer or much safer if a $250 fine was instituted. 62% of respondents indicated that they believed a $250 fine would make other people more likely to wear face masks, while 37% indicated that a $250 fine would make them more likely to wear a face mask outdoors.

Additional results of the survey include:

89% of residents said they agreed or strongly agreed that face masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19, with 11% not sure or disagreed with the claim

64% of residents said they wore a face mask all or most of the time outdoors, 25% of residents said they wore a face mask some of the time outdoors and 11% of residents said they hardly ever or never wore face masks outdoors

66% of residents said they would feel safer or much safer if more people were wearing face masks, while 26% disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement that they’d feel safer if more people were wearing masks and 8% not sure.

15% of respondents indicated they were in the at-risk category identified by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, including seniors and those with serious underlying medical conditions (549 total)

70% of the at-risk population said they would feel safer or much safer if a $250 fine was instituted, while 26% of the at-risk population said they wouldn’t feel safer or wouldn’t feel safer at all.

51% agree or strongly agree with a fine of $250 for not wearing a face mask when social distancing is not possible, with 41% disagreeing or strongly disagreeing, and 8% not sure.

37% of residents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that a potential $250 fine would make them more likely to wear a face mask, with 39% of those answering saying they already wore face masks and 19% disagreeing or strongly disagreeing

62% of residents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that a potential $250 fine would make others more likely to wear a face masks, with 22% disagreeing or strongly disagreeing, and 16% not sure.

35% of respondents indicated support for the fine amount as $250, with 30% supporting a fine between $24 and $249, and 29% not supporting any fine amount

The ordinance before the City Council mirrors the Executive Order issued by Governor Phil Murphy currently in effect in the State of New Jersey, that requires face masks to be worn in situations where social distancing is not possible. The City of Hoboken initiated a social distancing task force, that along with Class II police officers, would be responsible for both educating the public about the new ordinance with a period of warnings and handing out of face masks, as well as enforcing the ordinance.

The Hoboken City Council will vote on the proposed ordinance with a potential $250 fine for not wearing a face mask when social distancing is not possible, on second and final reading tonight at 7:00 pm at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting, which will take place virtually.

For full results of the City’s face mask survey, click here.

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