Majority of Florida voters say schools should have freedom to set mask rules

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A new poll finds that most Floridians oppose the state’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis’ efforts to penalize school districts for wearing masks for students.

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In a poll of 753 potential voters in the state conducted by Data for Progress, a left-leaning polling firm, support for school districts to chart their own curriculum was broad and bipartisan.

Twenty-six percent of Democrats, 73 percent of independent voters and 51 percent of Republicans said that school districts in the fight against COVID-19 should have the power to determine whether masks should be mandatory for students attending in person or No. classes.


Florida has become a battleground for efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic. Mr DeSantis has gone ahead of most GOP officials in the country and banned local officials from mandating the use of masks in schools, a move he continues to defend At most Young Americans have developed a Covid-19 infection.

In the same poll, half of potential voters who responded said they supported a mask mandate in all indoor venues in the state, an idea that Mr DeSantis strongly opposes.

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The Delta version of Covid-19 is ravaging Florida. Nearly 2,500 Floridians died of the disease in the past week as the state expects it to reach a plateau during the worst surge of Covid-19.

Mr DeSantis, who is believed to have national political ambitions, has made a name for himself among conservatives as a crusader against the mask mandate and efforts by the Biden administration to bring the virus outbreak under control .

Just days ago the governor tweeted that he would “continue to fight for parental rights” when an appeals court reinstated a ban on masks in schools.

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