COVID-19 Policy

Nationwide Support for Masks in Schools Grows

The majority of Americans now support masks in schools — support that coincides with the wide-held belief that the worst of the pandemic is not yet over.

According to a new survey from Long Island University Hornstein Center, released today, only 23% of Americans now believe that that worst is over as far as the pandemic is concerned. That's down from 52% in June. At the same time, support for masking is overwhelming. About three-quarters of respondents (74%) said they favor masks in schools "to reduce the spread of coronavirus." That compares with 75% of respondents, who said they favor wearing masks in public spaces.

Oddly, slightly fewer — 72% — said they believe wearing masks reduces the likelihood of contracting coronavirus. The same percentage (72%) said they support vaccinating adolescents aged 12–18.

As of this publication, 62% of Americans age 12 and up are fully vaccinated; 64% age 18 and up; and 82% age 65 and up.

The report can be found at

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David Nagel is the former editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal, STEAM Universe, and Spaces4Learning. A 30-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art, marketing, media, and business publications.

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