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

Madeline Buiano

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