- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Americans are deeply split over how to handle life amid the coronavirus pandemic with support for reopening schools and fall sports falling along stark party lines, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

Data from the CNN survey found that a small majority — 57% — of Americans don’t agree that their local schools should be opening for in-person learning with the pandemic still a threat, with 39% disagreeing.

The divide is starker for those with children, with a slimmer majority, 52%, of parents wary of schools, and 47% in favor of sending their kids back.

The question of professional sports has Americans nearly evenly divided: 49% don’t believe players should be playing, while 47% do.

Support of in-person learning falls on stark party lines — 74% of Republicans want to reopen schools, while only 12% of Democrats do — and this trend continues for sports.

More Americans, 62%, agree, however, that President Trump could be doing more to address the pandemic.

Almost 70% of them say they’re embarrassed by the national response to the crisis.

There have been 5,482,823 COVID-19 cases in the United States and 171,833 deaths, according to data from John Hopkins University. The U.S. has a population of about 330 million.

The survey was conducted Aug. 12-15 with a sample of 1,108 adults, 987 of which are registered voters. It has an overall margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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