POLL: 9 in 10 Children Experiencing “Enjoyment” and “Happiness” While at Home with Family during Stay At Home Order

According to a Breitbart report, Children appear to be benefitting from stay-at-home orders many states have implemented during the Wuhan Virus outbreak in the United States.

A Gallup poll reported that a large majority of children have expressed “enjoyment” and “happiness” while staying at home with their families.

In a survey of 1,039 U.S. adults who are parents of children under the age of 18, Gallup reported the following:

Gallup reported on its survey of 1,039 U.S. adults who are parents of children under the age of 18:

“Close to nine in 10 parents of children under the age of 18 say their children experienced enjoyment (89 percent) and happiness (88 percent) “during a lot of the day” prior to the day they were interviewed. However, with many children receiving distance learning or being home-schooled for part of the day rather than attending school, 65 percent of parents report their children are experiencing boredom.

Five other emotions — all negative — are currently far less common among children, including worry (26 percent), stress (24 percent), anger (24 percent), sadness (20 percent) and loneliness (20 percent).

Stress and worry are largely confined to parents — roughly seven in 10 parents report feeling these emotions themselves, each by at least 40 percentage points higher than the comparable percentage among children.”

Gallup also added that parents reported feelings of enjoyment or happiness but not to the same degree as their children. However, children were also more likely than their parents to manifest boredom.

The Gallup poll was carried out on March 24-27 involving adults who are members of the Gallup Panel using random sampling.

The methodology portion of the poll noted the following:

“Gallup weighted the obtained samples to correct for nonresponse. Nonresponse adjustments were made by adjusting the sample to match the national demographics of gender, age, race, Hispanic ethnicity, education and region. Demographic weighting targets were based on the most recent Current Population Survey figures for the aged 18 and older U.S. population.”

“For results based on any individual sample, the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 6 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. Margins of error for subgroups are higher.”

Although the business and school closures are an inconvenience for many American families, there may be a silver lining.  Some Americans may inadvertently come across the benefits of homeschooling and realize that the American education system is both sub-optimal and soul-crushing for children.

Not all crises have to turn out 100% negatively.