Most voters and parents who vote in New Jersey support the statewide school mask mandate amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to a new Monmouth University poll.
The poll, released Monday, shows that 67% of voters and 69% of voters who are also parents of school-age children support Gov. Phil Murphy’s recent mask mandate for students, teachers and visitors at all primary, elementary and secondary schools, and slightly more than half of voters (53%) support a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for anyone eligible for the vaccine, including students 12 and older.
“The vocal opposition to the state’s school mask mandate is a decidedly minority view. However, there may be greater pushback from parents if a vaccine mandate was instituted for school children,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
The poll was conducted by telephone from Aug. 11 to 16 with 810 New Jersey registered voters and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.
Another finding from the poll is that just under half (48%) of voters say the state’s schools should be fully open for in-person instruction in the fall, 39% say they should have a mix of in-person and remote instruction and 8% say they should be fully remote. Of the voters who are parents of children under 18, 53% support in-person instruction.
The percentage of voters in support of full-time in-person instruction is down from May, when support from all voters was at 56% and parent voters was at 61%, but new COVID-19 cases were declining nearly every day at that point.
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