March 8, 2021: Eighty-six percent (86%) of voters believe that missing out on in-person teaching during the pandemic has been damaging to students. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 11% disagree.
Those totals include 53% who believe the impact has been very damaging and 3% who say it has not been damaging at all.
This is a rare pandemic-related topic with broad agreement across party lines. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Republicans believe the lack of in-person teaching has been damaging to students. So do 86% of independents and 84% of Democrats.
However, the partisan divide appears clearly on a related question. Forty-eight percent (48%) of all voters believe the health threat to students and teachers is greater than the academic threat to students. Forty-four percent (44%) take the opposite view. On this question, 70% of Democrats see the health issues as a bigger concern, while 65% of Republicans are more worried about academic issues. Independents are evenly divided.
Data released recently shows that a plurality of voters believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us. Additionally, 50% believe that many cities and states overreacted to the pandemic in ways that did more harm than good.
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- ScottRasmussen.com, "86% believe missing in-person education damaging to students," March 4, 2021
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