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Poll: Utahns divided over coming end to statewide mask mandate

Apr 9, 2021, 12:09 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — When it comes to how they feel about the end of a statewide mask mandate in Utah starting Saturday, Utahns appear to be divided, at least according to a new poll. 

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The Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll found 44% of Utahns believe the mask mandate should stay in place beyond this weekend. Another 20% agreed with the April 10 date to end the mandate, while 14% felt the mask mandate should have ended sooner. About 17% of respondents said the mandate should never have been in place. 

Independent pollster Scott Rasmussen conducted the poll for the Deseret News and the Hinckley Institute of Politics over April 6-8. They surveyed 610 registered Utah voters. The poll carries a margin of error of 4 percentage points. 

Lawmakers voted earlier this year to end the statewide mandate on Saturday, April 10, making the mandate’s demise a matter of state law. Private businesses may still require customers and employees to wear masks, and Salt Lake City’s mayor announced a mask mandate would remain in place inside the city limits.  

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Poll: Utahns divided over coming end to statewide mask mandate