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Republicans more likely than Dems to support reopening schools in the fall

Republicans strongly support reopening schools (64% to 22%), Democrats lean in the other direction, 39% preferring virtual approach and 32% reopening.

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Updated: May 24, 2020 - 2:08pm

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Just the News Poll, Should Public Schools return to buildings in the fall?
Just the News Daily Poll
With Scott Rasmussen

By a 45% to 33% margin, American voters say schools in their area should re-open in the fall rather than continuing in a virtual setting, according to the Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

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Just the News Poll, Should Public Schools return to buildings in the fall?
Just the News Daily Poll
With Scott Rasmussen

"There are some fascinating demographic splits on this question," Rasmussen said. "By a 50% to 31% margin, private sector workers believe schools should re-open. Government employees, however, take the opposite view by a 46% to 35% margin."

Rasmussen noted that Republicans strongly support the re-opening of schools (64% to 22%). Democrats lean in the other direction with 39% preferring the virtual approach and 32% re-opening. Independents are also closely divided but leaning in favor of re-opening by a 41% to 37% margin.

White voters are more likely to support re-opening, Black and Hispanic voters are more likely to support virtual schooling.

Just the News Daily Poll respondents were asked “Should public schools in your area return to their regular school buildings in the fall? Or, should schools in your area remain shut down and all classes be taught in a virtual setting?" They replied as below:

  • 45% Return in the Fall
  • 33% Virtual Setting
  • 23% Not Sure

The national survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted May 14-16, 2020 by Rasmussen, a polling veteran. Margin of sampling error: +/- 2.8% for full sample. 

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