If the masks had standards and we didn't have restaurants, bars, gyms, and maskless people eating and talking in hospitals maybe people would be less resistant as well. I wear a mask to the gym that is so thin you can see through it, it doesn't do anything and yet I can walk in and no one cares. No standards and broken logic (restaurants, gyms, bars) with one good mask study make people resist the mask mandates.Pandemics are perhaps one of the toughest tests of the limits of authority because they can threaten the very lives of the greatest number of people in a way that very few other events do. There are always going to be broad spectra of impact, perception of impact, and resistance to authority that make it impossible for everyone to completely agree on the right course of action.
But here's the thing: mask mandates wouldn't be needed in the first place IF people voluntarily chose to behave responsibly. It's the very fact that they aren't that is causing the need for the mandates. And America seems to almost uniquely have a culture that fosters this kind of counterproductive attitude. There are plenty of other places, my own British Columbia included, where broad mask mandates haven't been required because people have for the most part acted sensibly. You don't need to get everyone on board, just enough of a majority to deny the virus too easy a path to spread.