Press Release: New Poll Shows Broad Consensus Across North Texas for Wearing Masks


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

New Poll Shows Broad Consensus
Across North Texas for Wearing Masks

Six out of 10 said wearing masks and social distancing
should be required until a vaccine is widely available

[DALLAS, TEXAS, June 24] – A new poll commissioned by the non-partisan, non-profit group Texas 2036 shows broad support across North Texas for wearing masks to fight COVID-19.

Overwhelming numbers of North Texans said they believe wearing masks shows respect for first responders, health care workers, friends and family. Further, more than six out of 10 said wearing masks and social distancing should be required until a vaccine is widely available.

The poll, which surveyed residents in 13 North Texas counties in early June, also confirms that the virus has had a significant impact on employment in the region — highlighting the challenge policymakers face as they weigh pandemic responses against economic struggles.

The percentage of Texans who said they were employed full-time dropped from 60% before the pandemic to 48% this month. Similarly, 40% of respondents said they or someone in their household was working less than they wanted due to the pandemic.

“The biggest takeaway is how do we break the partisan divisiveness and find common solutions,” said Tom Luce, founder and chairman of Texas 2036, which is developing a long-term strategic plan for the state as it approaches its bicentennial in the next decade. “This poll demonstrates that there are some common messages that cut across [society], whether you’ve got health concerns or economic concerns. People have legitimate health concerns and legitimate economic concerns — and the messaging about the reason to wear a mask was very powerful.”

The poll also reflects the growing concerns of many North Texans about the speed with which state and local governments are lifting restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Poll respondents were also more likely to say that things are more likely to get worse before they get better: 45% said the worst is yet to come for their community, while 37% said the worst is behind us. By an even wider margin — 50% to 33% — poll respondents said the worst is yet to come for the United States. 

Each of those questions broke down along partisan lines, with Democrats and independents more likely than Republicans to say the pandemic is still getting worse.

Importantly, the poll was completed before Texas saw some of its highest numbers of hospitalizations and coronavirus cases. Just on Monday, Governor Greg Abbott said, "COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas, and it must be corralled."

The poll of 1,000 adults was conducted by telephone between May 27 and June 9 by Hudson Pacific. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

To learn more and download a copy of the report, visit

Texas 2036 has also published a comprehensive public COVID-19 online dashboard ( that presents critical health and economic data in one easy-to-visualize format — both statewide and for all Texas counties currently reporting COVID-19 data — giving Texans a daily snapshot of how the pandemic is affecting Texans’ lives and livelihoods.


About Texas 2036

Texas 2036 is a nonprofit organization building long-term, data-driven strategies to secure Texas' prosperity through our state’s bicentennial and beyond. We offer non-partisan ideas and modern solutions that are grounded in research and data on issues that matter most to all Texans. For more information visit

Media Contacts
Merrill Davis, Director of Communications, Texas 2036
Ph: 713-213-7297

Steve Scheibal, New West Communications
Ph: 512-762-8808

Jason Embry, New West Communications
Ph: 512-560-3876



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