Another poll shows Floridians favor mask mandates in schools

Another poll shows a majority of Floridians want mandatory masks in schools.

About 60% say masks should be required for students, teachers and staff, as opposed to 36% who don’t want mandatory masks. That’s according to survey results released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University. Asked if schools should have the power to make that call, 54% said yes, while 44% said it should be parents’ choice.

This comes as eight major school districts have now defied Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order forbidding school districts from issuing such mandates. It also backs up results of a St. Pete Polls survey earlier this month that similarly found 62% support for school mask mandates. The Political Matrix/The Listener Group also found similar suppot, with 75% supporting a mandate.

The Quinnipiac poll shows that’s not the only place where voters differ with DeSantis on COVID-19 response.

About 46% of voters say DeSantis is hurting efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, while just 41% believe he is helping.

A full 61% of Floridians feel the recent surge in infections, driven by the delta variant, was preventable, compared to 33% who say it was not.

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