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9 in 10 Democrats support masking in schools: poll

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Nine in 10 Democrats support mask mandates in schools, a new Axios-Ipsos poll found.

As students head back or prepare to head back to school, debates about vaccine requirements and mask mandates have raged on. A majority of Americans support the mandates, but that support is strongly divided along partisan lines.

Overall, 69 percent of people polled support a mask mandate on faculty and students for the upcoming school year as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations surge, spurred by the highly contagious delta variant. Along with a rise in cases, children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. 

Democrats are almost united on this front with 92 percent responding in favor of the mask mandates. Among Republicans, 44 percent support such a mandate.

Republicans have argued against mask mandates for children saying they are not at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19.

A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association earlier this month showed that states with reported COVID-19 deaths among children range from 0 to 0.25 percent.

Legal fights over mask mandates in schools have developed as some Republican governors have issued bans on mask mandates and threatened to pull funding from school officials who don’t comply.

Schools are fighting back against the bans with Texas and Florida schools winning some legal battles against their governors and implementing mandates in their districts.

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