May Poll – School Reopening
Following Governor Murphy’s announcement that all New Jersey schools will return to full-time, in-person learning in the fall, we conducted a statewide poll of 1,215 New Jerseyans to find out what parents think of the decision. The poll found support for returning to full-time, in-person learning overall, with 86 percent of New Jerseyans and 88 percent of parents supporting the idea. However, the survey also found significant disparities between what Black and white residents think about the decision. Black residents were 5 times as likely as white respondents (20% to 4%) to say they are opposed to a full reopening in the fall. While 90% of white parents support the move, only 66% of Black parents do.