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Will Schools Reopen This Fall? Most Americans Don't Want Them To

Few Americans say schools should reopen full-time

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As statewide coronavirus restrictions relax in certain parts of the country, Americans have returned to restaurants and gyms but there is still one aspect of so-called normal life that people have a reluctance to: in-person teaching in schools. 

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A new survey by YouGov, which collects opinions from people all over the world, reveals that most Americans prefer remote learning this fall for K-12 and college-aged students.  Just 15% of people said they thought schools should reopen strictly for full, in-person education, while 31% believe school should be completely online. 

Of the respondents who are parents to children under 18, 26% think there should be a mix of online and in-person education — a belief shared by 27% of the nation overall. And, according to the data, Republican participants were more likely to prefer in-person education, but only one in three Republicans are in favor of full in-classroom learning. The survey shows that 41% of Democrats believe school should be taught completely online. Only 15% of Republican respondents agree. 

In order to determine the overall sentiment that Americans have for in-peson learning, YouGov interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,500 U.S. adult citizens between July 12 and July 14. The online interview participants were chosen from YouGov's opt-in panel. 


The survery covered more than education. According to YouGov, two-thirds of Republicans would opt to open indoor dining and public beaches, while a majority of other respondents would not. But despite this conflicted consensus, public spaces around the country continue to reopen and children aren't the only ones at risk — from Alabama to Wyoming, these are the percentages of adults at high risk for coronavirus complications by state