Poll shows many want more data before dropping school mask mandate

A majority of people think the state should wait to see early March data before making a decision on masks in schools. That’s according to a poll from the Siena Research Institute.

The new poll looks at mask policies in New York, concerns about crime, as well as the race for governor.

On the issue of masks in school, 58% of the New Yorkers surveyed say we should wait until we see the data in early March. That’s compared to 30% who say the school mask mandate should have ended already, and 10% who want it lifted after the winter break this week.

When it comes to masks for everyone else in indoor public spaces, 45% think the state’s mandate should still be in place, 31% say it should’ve ended sooner than it did, and 20% say it ended at the right time.

Many people – 60% – say crime is a very serious problem in across the state. Nearly two-thirds say crime is a very serious or somewhat series problem in their community.

When it comes to bail reform, 65% say the law should be amended to give judges more discretion to keep dangerous criminals off the streets.

In the race for governor, Kathy Hochul still holds a wide lead among Democrats. In a potential primary matchup, she’s favored by 46%, compared to 17% for New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and 9% for Rep. Tom Suozzi.

Click here to read the full results of the poll.