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Nevada among top states for people refusing to wear masks, defying mask mandates

Posted at 3:34 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 10:47:31-04

A new study ranks Nevada as a top state for people refusing to wear masks.

The ranking is based on geotagged Twitter data in the last month (30 days). The website Survival At Home tracked "anti-mask" tweets and hashtags and ranked the top states who refuse to wear masks based on that data.

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Hashtags such as #nomask, #burnyourmask, #nomasks, #antimask, #iwillnotcomply, and more were tracked. In total, the company says over 150,000 tweets were tracked.

The study found pockets of anti-mask activity all across the United States, however, the upper northeast (outside of Maine) is the most pro-mask region, according to the Twitter data.

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Nevada was ranked second on the list for states with "anti-mask" tweets.

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The website Survival At Home (survivalathome.com) used geotagged Twitter data to compile a list of states with the most anti-mask sentiment on the social networking site. Image Source: Survival At Home

The top 10 states with the most anti-mask activity are as follows:

  1. Arizona
  2. Nevada
  3. Florida
  4. Idaho
  5. Maine
  6. Missouri
  7. Wyoming
  8. South Carolina
  9. Ohio
  10. Montana

Keep in mind, this is only tracking the anti-mask tweets. Tweets in favor of wearing masks (pro-mask activity) far outweigh the anti-mask sentiment in each state, the company says.

For more information on how geotagged tweets are tracked, click here.

A full view of the map can be seen here.