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After over a year of distance learning, many have School-age children in the US are gone back to the classroom. And during the highly transferable delta variant of the corona virus certainly triggers mixed feelings When it comes to children’s return to school, parents have for the most part claimed that they prefer in-person learning, at least at times, to completely remote, virtual learning most of this took place online in the past school year.
However, the debate over whether students and educators must adhere to certain safety protocols to enable face-to-face learning is just the latest political battle over COVID-19. A judge in Florida ruled that a week ago Schools could Mandate mask regulations despite objections from Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. And on Monday the U.S. Department of Education said it did opened civil rights inquiries in five states that have banned school mask requirements to investigate whether those guidelines put students with disabilities and underlying health conditions at increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Recent surveys highlight the huge gap between parents as to whether students and teachers should wear masks or get vaccinated – assuming students are old enough to get the vaccination. Much of this tension, however, may have less to do with how parents identify politically than with whether or not they have been vaccinated.
In February, before Delta variant had started to spreadThe support for face-to-face teaching was incredibly high. According to a Gallup poll That month, more than three-quarters of parents of K-12 students (79 percent) said they support “providing classroom training for elementary and secondary school students” in their neighborhood. There was also approval across party lines: 94 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of Independents, and 62 percent of Democrats supported personal training. Since then, however other polls showed that parental support has waned, although face-to-face and hybrid learning are still relatively popular options. Most parents are simply not ready for fully virtual learning and even less support homeschooling, like that Morning counseling Survey from the end of August. Over the past six months, the polling company has asked parents of 5–18 year olds what they think is the best model for K-12 students this school year, and the latest numbers showed that 36 percent preferred only face-to-face tuition, while 37 percent wanted a hybrid model. Only 16 percent said they wanted to learn completely virtually and only 7 percent said they wanted to teach their children at home.
However, parents are less likely to see the COVID-19 safety precautions to be taken in schools on an equal footing. According to an August poll by the Associated Press / NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 31 percent of unvaccinated adults compared with 71 percent of those who were vaccinated said they supported the mask requirement for teachers. Those numbers barely changed when respondents were asked whether students should make it compulsory to wear masks: 29 percent of unvaccinated adults and 69 percent of vaccinated people said face coverings should be compulsory for school-age children – many of them are not old enough yet to get the vaccine.
Of course, Republicans are less likely than Democrats support things like mask mandates and overall less likely to have received the bump, but politics alone does not explain everything we see here. Some school safety precautions show the greatest differences between those who are vaccinated and those who are not.
The gap is particularly pronounced when respondents were asked whether teachers and students should be required to receive the vaccine. The same AP / NORC poll found a 54 percentage point difference in opinion between vaccinated and unvaccinated adults when asked about teachers – 74 percent and 20 percent respectively said they are in favor of mandatory vaccination for teachers. There was a similar 52-point difference in whether students 12 and older should get the vaccination: 70 percent of vaccinated adults said they should, compared to just 18 percent of unvaccinated adults who said the same thing.
Of course, the COVID-19 vaccine is not yet approved for Children under 12According to the survey on parents’ support for vaccinating their children, the picture is blurred. The AP / NORC survey suggests that support from vaccinated parents is very high, but other surveys conducted earlier this summer show relatively low support. After a May and June Education Next poll of public opinion on education policy, only a slim majority of parents with a child in grades K-12 (51 percent) stated that they would “probably” or “definitely” vaccinate their child. Another 34 percent said they “probably” or “definitely” wouldn’t, while 15 percent said they didn’t know. (Parents’ vaccination status was not available.) And days before the Food and Drug Administration approves the use of the Pfizer vaccine According to a. only 30 percent of parents with at least one child in this age group encourage their child to be vaccinated immediately Kaiser Family Foundation survey. About a quarter (26 percent) said they wanted to wait and see how the vaccine worked, while 23 percent said they definitely wouldn’t get their child vaccinated.
Since Refusal to vaccinate has decreased over time, it is possible that these numbers will change too. Prominent healthcare executives tout the importance Vaccinations for children could also affect reluctant parents. but Gallup found In mid-August, it emerged that parents of K-12 students were less concerned than the general public about unvaccinated people. According to the survey, 51 percent of K-12 parents said they were “very” or “moderately” concerned about people around them choosing not to get vaccinated, compared to 60 percent of all adults who said the same thing. So, it’s also possible that the earlier trends that we’ve seen with the hesitation over time may not materialize. We just have to wait and see.
Other polling bites
- The Pentagon confirmed Monday that the US the last troops withdrew from Afghanistan and that the evacuation operation at Kabul International Airport was over. Recent polls suggest that a majority of Americans support the withdrawal. According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of adults said the decision to evacuate US troops was correct, compared with 42 percent who said it was not. But that result does not mean that they give President Biden high marks for his handling of the end of the Twenty Years’ War. Per Pew, just over a quarter of those polled said the president had handled the situation in Afghanistan “excellently” or “well”; around 3 in 10 said they did “only fair” and just over 4 in 10 said they did “bad” work.
- The FDA Fully approved Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer, but that seems to have limited impact on vaccinated Americans. Actually, Morning counseling found that only 29 percent of unvaccinated adults were affected by FDA approval. A clear majority of unvaccinated Americans (61 percent) said they still didn’t plan on getting the vaccine – something my colleagues and I wrote about earlier this week. When unvaccinated Americans were asked why they chose not to have the vaccine, most (70 percent) said they were concerned about the possible side effects, although research shows that they affect most short term and mild. Side effects weren’t the only concern, however, as 61 percent told Morning Consult that they believe compulsory vaccination is a violation of their personal freedoms. That is, a Axios-Ipsos survey showed that the percentage of Americans hesitant to vaccinate was now lower than it was since the polling institute poll this spring: Only 20 percent of Americans said they were “not very likely” or “not at all likely” to have a COVID-19 vaccine compared to 29 percent in April.
- Since 2016, trust in the national media has continued to decline, particularly among Republicans, according to newly published polls by. emerges Bank. According to the poll, the proportion of Republicans who trust the national media at least somewhat has fallen from 70 percent to 35 percent over the past five years. Meanwhile, an overwhelming majority of Democrats (78 percent) said they now have “a lot” or “some” confidence in the national media – relatively unchanged since 2016, when confidence in that group was 83 percent. In the meantime, Trust in local news is higher for members of both parties. According to Pew, 84 percent of Democrats and 66 percent of Republicans said they now have at least some confidence in information from local news outlets.
- What’s the best decade for music? Your answer to this question will likely depend on when you were born new poll from Ipsos. Overall, several Americans (40 percent) said the 80s had the best music, followed by the 70s (37 percent) and the 90s (32 percent). However, these numbers vary greatly with age. Among Generation Zers, the Pew Are defined Of those born in 1997 or later, 30 percent said the 80s were the best decade for music, while the 2000s were the most popular choice at 41 percent. Meanwhile among the Gen Xers, or them born between 1965 to 1980, The 80s were by far the most popular choice at 61 percent; 51 percent of baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 said they preferred 70s music.
- Released Poll by Pew shows how beneficial the internet was to Americans during the pandemic. According to the survey, 90 percent said the internet was “essential” or “important” to them personally, and 81 percent said they had used video calling services to connect with others naturally since the early days of the pandemic in February 2020 always be online has its disadvantages, even. A large number of adults (40 percent) said they “often” or “sometimes” felt exhausted from spending too much time video calling, and another 33 percent said they tried the time they did had to reduce spending online. Furthermore, being online cannot replace face-to-face contact for some: 68 percent of adults stated that the Internet was “useful”, but that it could not replace face-to-face contact.
According to FiveThirtyEight’s Presidential Approval Tracker, 46.1 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s job as president, while 48.1 percent disapprove (a net approval rating of -2.0 points). At this point last week, 47.1 percent were approved and 47.0 percent rejected (a net approval rating of +0.1 points). A month ago, Biden had an approval rating of 51.1 percent and a disapproval rate of 42.4 percent (a net approval rating of +8.7 points).