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Parents weigh in on returning to school amid COVID-19 – CBS News poll

As the school year will get underway, a majority of fogeys nationwide assist requiring college students to put on masks, as most specific at the very least some concern about their kids contracting the coronavirus at school. Parents are break up, nonetheless, on whether or not colleges ought to require vaccines for kids presently eligible to get one, however these most involved about their youngsters getting the virus overwhelmingly favor that requirement. 

Like different views about coronavirus that we see among the many broader public, views amongst dad and mom additionally divide largely alongside political traces. Republicans have lengthy been much less involved than Democrats about getting the virus, and right here too, we see the identical partisan divide with regard to dad and mom’ concern about their kids contracting the virus in school. 

With debates over masks mandates in colleges happening throughout the nation, way more dad and mom assist requiring masks for college students in their kids’s school than making them non-compulsory.

 There is much less assist for colleges mandating vaccines for these kids eligible to get it, than there’s for masks.

Support for masks and vaccine necessities comes overwhelmingly from dad and mom involved about their kids contracting the virus in school. Among dad and mom “very” involved, 75% favor colleges requiring vaccines for kids who’re eligible, however that drops to 50% amongst these “somewhat” involved and even additional declines amongst these expressing little or no concern in any respect.  

Parents who’re Republican are much less involved than Democrats about their kids getting COVID and these partisan views prolong to opinion on masks and vaccine mandates. 


This CBS News/YouGov survey was performed with a nationally consultant pattern of two,142 U.S. grownup residents interviewed between August 18-20, 2021. This pattern was weighted in accordance to gender, age, race, and schooling based mostly on the U.S. Census American Community Survey, and the U.S. Census Current Population Survey, in addition to 2020 presidential vote. The margin of error for the full pattern is ±2.3 factors.  The margin of error for folks of school-aged kids is +/- 5.1 pts.

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