A new poll shows that most North Carolina residents believe schools should stick with online classes for the immediate future.

The Elon University poll shows that nearly three-quarters of respondents support public schools offering only online classes with the school year underway.

About one-quarter of the respondents said the timing of the state's reopening phases has been too slow, and that COVID-19 rules and regulations have been too restrictive.

The poll was conducted last week, but the results regarding the state's rules being too restrictive haven't changed much since a previous survey in June.

Jason Husser, who directed the poll, tells the News & Observer that those who believe that phased reopening has been too slow are quite fervent, but remain in the minority.

The poll comes as schools in the Triad are struggling to determine how best to schedule reentry into in-person classes.

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