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Illinois poll: 62 percent want high school sports restricted

Thursday, Oct 15, 2020

* From a statewide poll conducted for Empower Illinois

Q. As you may know, Governor JB Pritzker has restricted high school contact sports like football, soccer and volleyball from returning this fall citing the advice of medical professionals. Do you support or oppose the governor’s decision?

    Support the governor’s restrictions on high school contact sports 55%
    Believe we should restrict all high school sports 7%
    Oppose restricting any high school sports 31%
    Unsure 7%

With all the media uproar, you’d think the opposition would be higher. Nope.

* More poll results

Q. Which comes closer to your view about where Illinois stands in the Coronavirus pandemic?

    Worst is behind us 31%
    Worst is yet to come 35%
    Don’t know 34%

Q. Thinking about you, personally, has the Coronavirus outbreak had a major impact, minor impact, or no real impact on your own daily life?

    Major impact 47%
    Minor impact 36%
    No impact 14%
    Unsure 2%

Q. In general, would you say that you are more concerned about the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic – that is, the effect on the economy, unemployment and the stock market, or are you more concerned about the public health impact – that is, the spread of the disease and additional deaths.

    Economic Impact 36%
    Public health impact 54%
    ‘Unsure 9%

Q. Which of the following best describes your current work status as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic?

    You are continuing to work like you did before 30%
    You are continuing to work, but doing it remotely or from home 18%
    You are continuing to work, but your hours and/or pay have been reduced 9%
    You have been laid off, furloughed or unable to work because of the pandemic 11%
    You were not working or were retired prior to the outbreak 31%

Q. Do you believe that your local elected officials understand the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on you personally?

    Completely understand 22%
    Somewhat understand 33%
    Don’t really understand 18%
    Don’t understand at all 18%
    Unsure 8%

The pollster then asked questions of small subsets, so click here for the rest.

* Methodology

This poll was conducted by We Ask America between September 27th and 29th, 2020 using a blend of automated calls to landlines and live-operator calls to cell phones. In all, 800 interviews were achieved among registered voters in Illinois. 400 of these responses came from cell phones. The margin of error for this survey is +/- 3.46% at a Confidence Interval of 95%.

Registered voters were surveyed.

* Related…

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* 30 Decatur teachers reprimanded for not following remote learning grading guidelines

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Fixer - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 12:16 pm:

    Rich, just a heads up. You repeated the where Illinois stands question.

  2. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 12:22 pm:

    First blush?

    Science is still winning over Covidiocy

  3. - Annonin' - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 12:34 pm:

    What a horrible day
    First you spread the story ending Illinois Exodus (aka Katrina’s Exit Interview)
    Then the myth we all want our high school boys slammin’ into each trashed.
    Whaz next Adamas County Grand Jury drop an indictment on GovJunk for killing & covering up the vets scandal.

  4. - Give Me A Break - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 12:36 pm:

    Well this won’t sit well with the We Want To Play gang at all.

    Standby for a well thought out fact centered rationale response from football coaches and their leader, Ken the Public Health Expert Leonard.

    That is if he can find time after teaching classes on Public Health, Infectious Disease and History of the Holocaust.

  5. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 12:41 pm:

    It’s reassuring to know so many value public health and don’t reflect the small and loud “reopen now” crowd. We have a governor who agrees with many of us, thankfully. It’s cliche to bring up the last governor but hard to avoid. He would have reopened the state early, just like his fellow party members did in Florida, Texas and Georgia. Infections exploded when that happened.

    As has been said many times, to improve the economy we have to better control the virus.

  6. - Not a Billionaire - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 12:52 pm:

    The remote work result is interesting. I think that has prevented a lot of cases.

  7. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 12:54 pm:

    ===Whaz next===

    Mike Bost saying MJM probably committed no crimes. lol

  8. - JB13 - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 1:46 pm:

    31% is still a lot of people who can make an awful lot of noise.

  9. - Pundent - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 1:47 pm:

    Very helpful to see polls like this. It helps keep the “noise” in perspective. It also underscores what has been said for quite sometime now. We’ll routine to normal when people feel safe, not just because Covidiots demand it.

  10. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 1:48 pm:

    ===31% is still a lot of people===

    Yes, but they’re also in the super-duper minority. And their views appear to be substantially over-represented in media coverage, particularly TV news.

  11. - harp5339 - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 1:50 pm:

    == This poll was conducted … using a blend of automated calls to landlines and live-operator calls to cell phones ==

    I don’t have a landline and any call to my cell not in my contacts goes straight to voicemail. I doubt I’m a rare outlier with that setup. Between that and the 31% who answered they were not working/retired before COVID makes me wonder if this is a true representative sample of Illinois residents.

  12. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 1:54 pm:

    Angry parents with selfish intentions (and the other side, advocating for a child is a parent’s job, not judging those parent’s heart or intent, even as those infections are by definition… selfish) are a terribly small group when looking at the polling here to safety and science to a whole state, and the selfish thought of safety and science to one’s own health.

    Super-spreader events rarely only cause infection to those attending, and the 62% may see those events dangerous to them, even when they don’t attend… “because life interaction“

  13. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 1:56 pm:

    === I don’t have a landline and any call to my cell not in my contacts goes straight to voicemail===

    The “The Polling Is Flawed Because I wasn’t Polled” bit.


  14. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 1:58 pm:

    ===makes me wonder===

    Always looking for loopholes.

  15. - Give Me A Break - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 2:06 pm:

    Well harp you keep on wondering and you can keep on waiting for the public to decide your need to watch 14-17 boys play for your entertainment is more important than public health. Get back with us when you have that.

  16. - harp5339 - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 2:12 pm:

    Wow, you people are on attack mode today. Where did I say the poll was flawed or that I was in favor of sports happening? Just making a comment that I was curious about the state of phone polling nowadays. Sheesh.

  17. - Rose - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 2:26 pm:

    74% of poll respondents are NOT the parent or guardian of a child or of children in school between kindergarten through grade
    12. only 26% of respondents do.
    Q. Are you the parent or guardian of a child or of children in school between kindergarten through grade
    Yes 26%
    No 74%
    Total 100%

  18. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 2:35 pm:

    === 74% of poll respondents are NOT the parent or guardian of a child or of children in school between kindergarten through grade 12. only 26% of respondents do.===

    … and yet property taxes, children or no children, fund schools that have extra curricular activities… like football… which can infect ANYONE… in a 100% way.

    So… there’s that.

  19. - Birds on the Bat - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 2:46 pm:

    As high school basketball season approaches, the push to play will be coming from folks north of I-80. I have a feeling the rules may change by then. We’ll see.

  20. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 2:49 pm:

    === As high school basketball season approaches, the push to play will be coming from folks north of I-80.===

    That’s an odd thing to say.

    You don’t think folks north of I-80 have parents wanting high school football?

    Why are you saying it might change with basketball and “north of I-80… What’s the difference in south of I-80 and… football… and basketball?


  21. - Give Me A Break - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 2:55 pm:

    And those 74 percent can vote. See how this works?

  22. - Chery44 - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 2:57 pm:

    Like Harp I don’t have a landline and rarely answer my phone if I don’t know who is calling. But I assume people who design polls know people like us exist.

  23. - JS Mill - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 2:59 pm:

    =Q. Are you the parent or guardian of a child or of children in school between kindergarten through grade
    Yes 26%
    No 74%
    Total 100%=

    So what? Sometimes when schools send a survey, or anyone else for that matter, people form the misperception that it is a vote or plebiscite and we should go with what the “voters” want.

    It isn’t and we shouldn’t, we make school decisions on what the experts at running schools believe is best. I know Ken Leonard doesn’t let the parents decide who starts or what defence to run.

    I am glad to see so many people following science though.

  24. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 3:23 pm:

    ===74% of poll respondents are NOT the parent or guardian of a child or of children in school===


    They all pay property taxes, either directly or through rent. And public education benefits everyone, not just those who are currently in school. Also, public means public, which means all of us.

    In other words, deal with it.

  25. - don the legend - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 3:32 pm:

    The future of our kids is at stake.

    If they don’t play sports ALL will be lost.

    If they do play sports just a FEW lives will be lost.

    So let’s think about the kids. /S

  26. - RDB - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 4:12 pm:

    Fountain Central across the Illiana border (Veedersburg) has stopped all sports this week. Ends the season for volleyball and the football team will not play its last regular season game. Too many problems I see moving forward if we did do this in IL.

  27. - JS Mill - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 4:45 pm:

    This is one place where school based spread will be an issue.

    Smart people will wait on sports.

  28. - JoanP - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 5:29 pm:

    When you see the number of professional and college teams that have run into issues with infections, and you consider how much better placed they are to control for it than are high schools, you have to wonder what that 31% is thinking.

  29. - Huh? - Thursday, Oct 15, 20 @ 7:21 pm:

    “31% is still a lot of people”

    What’s that saying about a squeaky wheel and oil?

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