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Poll: Few support schools reopening in fall with little or no changes

Poll: Few support schools reopening in fall with little or no changes
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Only a small minority of Americans support reopening schools this fall with little or no changes, according to a new survey that comes as states grapple with what form schooling will take amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Eight percent support reopening K-12 schools with no changes, and 14 percent support reopening with “minor adjustments,” according to an Associated Press/NORC poll released Wednesday. Another 46 percent say schools should be only be opened after “major adjustments,” and 31 percent say schools should not be reopened at all.

The results of the poll split along partisan lines, with only 6 percent of Democrats saying schools should reopen with no or minor changes and 43 percent of Republicans saying the same. Still, a majority of Republicans — 57 percent — said schools should only open with major adjustments or not at all. 

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At the same time, 56 percent of respondents say they are “extremely” or “very” concerned that school reopenings would cause a “virus surge,” and another 24 percent are “somewhat concerned.” Only 20 percent say they are not very or not at all concerned. 

Among the school measures supported by a majority of Americans are requiring daily disinfecting, mandating students and staff wear face masks, temperature checks of all students and staff and rearranging desks to ensure that students are sitting six feet apart.

The poll comes as top administration officials say reopening schools is a top priority this fall. President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE has threatened to defund schools that did not reopen for in-person classes. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines for reopening schools earlier this year, which the president has criticized as "very tough" and expensive. Plans to bring additional guidelines have reportedly been delayed. 

Overall, 36 percent of Americans approve of Trump's management of the pandemic, while 63 percent disapprove, according to the AP/NORC poll, which surveyed 1,057 adults from July 16-20 and has a margin of error of 4.3 percent.