More say NC schools reopening too quickly than too slowly
A WRAL News poll shows that about twice as many people in North Carolina think the state needs to exercise more caution in returning students to classrooms during the pandemic as the number who say the state is moving too slowly.
>>> YOU'RE W >>> REOPENING NORTH CAROLINA WAS A BIG PART OF LAST NIGHT'S DEBATE. OUR EXCLUSIVE WRAL NEWS POLL SHOWS A THIRD OF THOSE SURVEYED. BELIEVE WE ARE REOPENING AT THE RIGHT PACE. NEARLY A THIRD SAY WE ARE DOING IT TOO QUICKLY. WHILE 27% SAY WE ARE MOVING TOO SLOWLY. WE ALSO ASK ABOUT THE REOPENING OF OUR SCHOOLS. WRAL'S CULLEN BROWDER HAS A STORY YOU'LL SEE ONLY ON WRAL. CULLEN? >> GERALD, YOU KNOW THIS HAS BEEN A CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE SINCE SCHOOLS FIRST SHUT DOWN IN SPRING DUE TO COVID. ARE WE OPENING TOO QUICKLY, TOO SLOWLY? IS IT SAFE TO REOPEN? TURNS OUT, OUR POLL SHOWS MOST NORTH CAROLINIANS WANT TO PROCEED WITH CAUTION. >> AND IT IS STUPING TO ME THAT HE WOULD USE CHILDREN AS POLITICAL PAWNS. >> THE PASSION OVER REOPENING SCHOOLS SHOWED. AND THE DEBATE BETWEEN THE STATE'S NOMINEES FOR GOVERNOR. >> WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE GET THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC. GET OUR CHILDREN BACK SAFELY IN THE CLASSROOM. >> THIS IS NOT THAT DIFFICULT. WE CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO KEEP A SCHOOL CLEAN. OUR KIDS ARE NOT EACH AT SERIOUS RISK FOR THIS VIRUS. >> YOU THE WUSA POLLS SIGNAL EVEN DEEPER CONCERNS AMONG NORTH CAROLINIANS. 43% FEEL SCHOOLS ARE REOPENING TOO QUICKLY. 20% BELIEVE THEY'RE OPENING TOO SLOWLY. WHILE 24% KNOWLEDGE THE STATE IS RIGHT ON PACE. ANOTHER 14% REMAIN UNSURE. >> SO THE MAIN TAKEAWAY IS PEOPLE FEEL REALLY STRONGLY ABOUT SCHOOLS. IT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE. BECAUSE AS OPPOSED TO THINGS LIKE BARS, RESTAURANTS, THEATERS. YOU LOSE CONTROL ONCE YOUR CHILD IS IN SCHOOL. >> KEN HALPER SAYS THE POLL QUESTIONED PARENTS AND NONPARENTS. AND THOSE WITH CHILDREN HAVE EVEN MORE RESERVATIONS ABOUT REOPENING. >> THOSE WHO ARE HAVING FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE WITH SCHOOLS. THEY KNOW THEY ARE KEEPING THEM SAFE. I THINK THEY CAN REGAIN ANY LEARNING THAT MIGHT BE LOST. >> AND IT TURNS OUT THAT THOSE OPINIONS REALLY FALL ALONG POLITICAL LINES AS WELL. MOST BIDEN SUPPORTERS FEEL WE'RE OPENING TOO QUICKLY. MOST FEEL LIKE WE ARE OPENING SCHOOLS TOO SLOWLY. COMING UP, WE WILL TALK ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA ATTITUDES ABOUT MASKS, ALSO HOW COMFORTABLE PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT GOING TO BARS, MOVIE THEATERS AND OUTDOOR VENUES. >> IS THIS OUR NEW NORMAL? 39% OF THOSE SURVEYED SAID IT WOULD TAKE ANOTHER YEAR TO GET BACK TO WHAT WE CONSIDER