63% Want Schools to Re-Open This Fall; 24% Disagree

Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters want schools in their area to re-open this fall. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 24% disagree and believe students should continue to take virtual classes from their homes. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure.

Support for re-opening schools comes from 67% of suburban voters, 65% of rural voters, and 54% of urban voters.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of White voters support re-opening the schools. So do 64% of Hispanic voters. However, Black voters are evenly divided: 41% are ready for schools to open while 42% are not.

Modest support for re-opening schools is found even among those voters who believe the worst of the pandemic is yet to come. By a 47% to 38% margin, they reject the idea of keeping students at home for virtual learning. Among those who believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us, 83% think schools should re-open.

If schools in a particular area do not re-open this fall, 67% believe parents should have the option to send their children to another school that is holding regular classes. Just 15% disagree.

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


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 22-24, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 271were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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.

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