● 64% of Americans use cloth masks, with just 21% saying they use N95 or equivalent masks.
● A majority (54%) think that the CDC currently recommends N95 masks for all Americans. Note that these data were collected prior to the CDC’s change in guidance of January 14, 2022, which “Clarified that people can choose respirators such as N95s and KN95s.”
● Democrats, vaccinated individuals, Whites, those with higher incomes, and respondents with more education are more likely to incorrectly identify N95s as the CDC’s recommended mask-type.
● Roughly two-thirds (66%) of Americans correctly identify N95 masks as more protective than cloth masks, while roughly one-quarter of respondents (26%) are unsure of whether cloth or N95 masks offer the wearer more protection.
● Vaccinated individuals, Democrats, those with more education, higher incomes, Whites, and older Americans (50 and above) are more likely to correctly say that N95s offer greater protection than cloth masks.