Survey says: Oregon wears facemasks, finds urban/rural split


Oregon Health Authority released surveys from DHM Research, Lara Media

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — We wear masks when we are in public and we still like to get together with other people.

That’s the upshot of a new survey of 1000 Oregonians by DHM Research released by the Oregon Health Authority Thursday. The margin of error is 3.1%.

The survey showed 84% of people wear a facemask indoors in public all the time and 75% wash their hands very frequently. The survey also showed 51% of people attended 3 or fewer social gatherings in the two weeks of the survey, August 27 through September 11.

Another 42% are very worried about the COVID situation in Oregon, while 22% are very worried about getting sick with COVID.

Those numbers spike to 70% and 72% in the Latino community in a simultaneous survey in Spanish of 468 people by Lara Media, also released by the Oregon Health Authority. That survey also found 87% of Latinx Oregonians wear a facemask indoors in public and more than 50% avoid crowded places.

When it comes to vaccines, 39% of Oregonians will “definitely” get a COVID-19 vaccine if and when it becomes available.

Complete DHM Research Survey

Complete Lara Media Research Survey

Other findings:

  • 66% said they got together in a backyard, porch or park
  • 52% got together with friends inside a house
  • 52% traveled more than an hour
  • 42% have eaten in a restaurant
  • 9% have gone to a religious service
  • 7% went to a bar or club
  • 2% took part in a protest

There is a partisan and geographic split the survey found.

  • 7.2% of conservatives attended more than 5 get-togethers in a 2-week period
  • 7.2% of residents outside the tri-county area attended more than 5 get-togethers in a 2-week period
  • 4.1% of liberals went to fewer get-togethers over a 2-week period
  • 4.6% of Portland metro residents went to fewer get-togethers over a 2-week period

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