The survey, conducted in 16 countries by Ipsos over a four-day span earlier this month, found that 46 percent of Americans polled said they’re not comfortable with allowing their kids to return to the classroom in the coming weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Twenty-eight percent said they “definitely would not” send their youngsters back anytime soon.
Meanwhile, just 26 percent of Americans feel comfortable about the prospect of sending their kids back to school.
Across the globe, confidence in children returning to school was highest in Australia, where 59 percent of respondents said they’re comfortable with schools reopening soon. Australia was followed by South Korea at 49 percent and China at 43 percent, the poll found.
In contrast, 44 percent of Brazilians said they definitely would not send their kids back to school in the next few weeks, the highest portion of respondents among the countries polled.
Regarding their own return to the workplace, adults in South Korea and Australia were most comfortable about getting back in the office — at 82 percent and 71 percent, respectively.
Fifty-five percent of Americans, meanwhile, said they felt safe returning to the office, compared to 38 percent who said they did not.
The online poll conducted from May 7-10 surveyed 16,000 adults in the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
Roughly 1,000 people from each country took part. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, Ipsos said.