16% Believe Students Will Never Fully Recover From Pandemic School Closings

Sixteen percent (16%) of voters believe students will never recover academically and socially from the pandemic and school closings. However, a Scott Rasmussen national survey found that most voters (56%) believe they will be caught up within a year or two.

Overall, 73% of voters believe students were harmed socially by the lack of in-person learning. Sixty-seven percent (67%) believe the students were hurt academically.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans believe students suffered academically. That view is shared by 65% of Independent voters and 62% of Democrats.

Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left nearly a decade ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on February 17-19, 2022. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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