A majority of parents with school-age children (59%) say they support mask mandates for all students and staff, twice as many (30%) as the number who say they oppose all mask mandates, according to a new poll from Momentive and Axios. Another 10% of parents with children age 5-17 say the support mask mandates for unvaccinated students and staff members.
- Among parents of school-age children, 85% of Democrats, 66% of independents, and 32% of Republicans support mask mandates for all students and staff at their child’s school; 56% of Republicans, 24% of independents, and 4% of Democrats oppose all mask mandates at their child’s school
- More mothers than fathers (66% vs. 50%) support mask mandates for all students and staff; more fathers than mothers (36% vs. 24%) oppose all mask mandates
- Colorado (37%), Iowa (44%), Minnesota (38%), and Ohio (43%) have some of the strongest opposition to mask mandates among parents of school-age children
More than half of parents with school-age children (61%) say school districts in their area are requiring students to wear masks; about a quarter (28%) say school districts are not requiring students to wear masks, and 11% say they still don’t know what their local school district’s policy will be.
- 87% of parents in Illinois say their children’s school districts are requiring masks, vs. 3% who are not requiring masks
- 13% of parents in Iowa say school districts are requiring masks, vs. 77% who are not requiring masks
- 78% of parents in North Carolina say school districts are requiring masks, vs. 16% who are not requiring masks
- Texas, Florida, and Tennessee are split nearly evenly between parents who say their children are required or not required to wear masks
Two thirds of people in the U.S. (64%) are worried that a surge in coronavirus cases could occur in their area as a result of the start of the school year, with parents equally worried (66%) as others that such a surge would occur.
- More than twice as many Democrats as Republicans (88% vs. 41%) are worried that the start of the school will bring a surge in COVID cases
- Women are more likely than men (71% vs. 56%) to say they are worried about a surge in COVID cases
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