Beshear Says Poll Shows 73% of Kentuckians Support Mandatory Masks

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear says a poll shows 73% of Kentuckians support his decision to make masks mandatory throughout the Bluegrass State.

Posted: Jul 14, 2020 9:59 AM
Updated: Jul 15, 2020 7:16 AM

During Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's July 13 COVID-19 update, he referenced a recent poll that breaks down how Kentuckians feel about the recent mask mandate put into effect across the Commonwealth by the governor's newly-signed executive order.

"We live in a culture, especially with what I believe is a broken system of social media, where not only a small group can seem to be the majority, but sometimes, because of the amplification that social media can give, they can even lead coverage of it."

"But today there was a poll that came out, and here's the question that it asked," said Beshear on Monday. "These are to Kentuckians - 'do you support or oppose requiring people to wear a mask in indoor places such as grocery stores, schools, retail stores, and certain outdoor places, such as mass gatherings?'"

As Beshear stated the question asked by the poll, he displayed an image that said "73% support, 23% oppose."

"So remember - when you're wearing a mask, you are a part of an overwhelming percentage of Kentuckians that know that this is what we have got to do," said Gov. Beshear.

Gov. Beshear went on to note that there was a time when some questioned other safety laws, including those requiring seatbelts.

Beshear says that though Kentucky's COVID-19 numbers aren't as high as some states, many areas of the state are seeing a worrying increase.

As of July 13, there were 19,653 total positive cases of COVID-19 listed in Kentucky, with 629 total deaths and 480,372 total tested.

On Thursday, July 9, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order that made face masks a requirement as of July 10 when in public in Kentucky.

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It was another chilly start across the Tri-State; while we only dipped as low as 43° in Evansville, many others across the Tri-State fell into the upper 30s earlier this morning. The cool air didn't linger long however, temperatures quickly reached back into the mid 70s across the region this afternoon - higher pressure camped out over the southeastern quarter of the country will continue to keep the skies above the Tri-State clear while gradually driving temperatures higher over the next few days. Despite our anticipated southerly winds this evening, you may still want to grab a jacket before your head out to dinner; after seeing a temperature near 64° around dinnertime, we'll fall off toward the mid to upper 50s by 10 o'clock. Overnight lows will again dwindle into the mid to low 40s for the majority of the Ohio Valley early Tuesday morning.
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