59% Have Recently Gone Out In Public Maskless

Within the past month or so, 59% of voters admit to going out in public without wearing a mask.  That’s consistent with other recent data showing that 57% would feel comfortable going without a mask to an indoor restaurant, bar, or other social settings with a large number of people.

It’s also a significant increase since March when only 17% had gone out maskless. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found other evidence of how far society has moved forward in recent months.

  • 53% have hung out with friends at someone’s house, up from 32% in March.
  • 25% have attended a church or religious event in person, up from 15%
  • 28% attended a large family gathering, up from 15%
  • 22% have met friends at a bar, up from 14%
  • 28% have gone on a vacation, up from 13%
  • 10% have attended a live concert or sports event, up from 3%

In addition to weariness with the pandemic restrictions, these figures may also reflect confidence that even getting COVID isn’t terrible. If they contracted the virus, two thirds are confident they would recover quickly with only minor symptoms. Just 5% think that not at all likely.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from August 4-9, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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