Nearly two-thirds (62%) of adults surveyed say the country has given too little priority to the educational needs of K-12 students during the pandemic. Close to another third (31%) say about the right amount has been given, while a scant 6% say there's been too much priority.
Those findings, released last week, come from a May survey of 10,282 U.S. adults by Pew Research Center.
The survey showed unusual accord among Republicans and Democrats on priority for educational needs, unlike a partisan gap found regarding support for businesses and economic activity or on respecting individuals' choices in response to COVID-19.
"Amid these contrasting views of the nation's response to the coronavirus outbreak stands a notable point of general partisan agreement: Majorities of both Republicans (69%) and Democrats (57%) say the country has given too little priority to meeting the educational needs of K-12 students," according to Pew's report on the survey.
Pew further noted a majority of parents of K-12 students surveyed in January said they were concerned about academic progress in the face of decisions to open or close schools for in-person instruction during the pandemic.