While New York state officials have begun to lift certain restrictions on the coronavirus pandemic, not all residents are thrilled to see them go. according to a new poll released Tuesday by the Siena College Research Institute.
45% of registered voters in the survey said the state should have kept its rule requiring mask wearing or proof of adequate vaccination in indoor public places, which was recently abandoned. rejected. About 31% said the mission should have been finished sooner, and 20% said it had ended at the right time, the poll found.
When it comes to face masks in schools, 58% of respondents said they agree with Governor Kathy Hochul’s decision to wait for a review of virus data in early March before deciding whether to expand the mandate. state or not, while only 30% said they think the school mask regulation. It should have ended, and 10% said they’d like to see it over after this week’s mid-winter break.
The poll was conducted from February 14 to February 17 and surveyed 803 registered voters in New York State, with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points. Polls of registered voters provide a general picture of political sentiment at a particular time, but are less predictive of election outcomes.
Respondents who did not have children at home were the group most likely to agree with Governor Hochul’s plan to review March data before taking on a school masked mission, with 64% saying they support waiting and watching. Those with children at home were more evenly split, with 46% saying Ms Hochul should review the March data before taking action and 40% saying the mission should have ended.
Voters were essentially aligned across demographic groups, with the exception of Republicans and conservatives, who said by a large margin that the mandate should have ended.
Steven Greenberg, a University of Siena pollster, wrote in a news release accompanying the poll.
Mrs. Hochul recently allowed the state’s indoor mask policy to expire, allowing businesses to stop asking for proof of complete vaccinations or requiring masks indoors. She made that decision as the spread of the coronavirus in the state slowed. The average daily report of new cases in New York has dropped by 57% over the past two weeks, According to the New York Times database. The number of people hospitalized decreased by 47% over the same period.
The figures are similar in New York City, where cases fell 55% and hospitalizations fell 47% over the past two weeks.
Katie Glueck contributed reporting.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/22/nyregion/school-mask-mandate-new-york-poll.html Most NY voters in the poll want more data before School Mask’s mission ends