Coronavirus concerns in the community: The share of Americans who think the coronavirus poses a severe health risk in their local community ticked up to 42 percent amid a surge in concern among Democrats, which reached 57 percent Nov. 19-23, up from 49 percent the week before.
Strong Trump backers drive mask decline: The share of U.S. adults who say face masks are effective at preventing the spread of the coronavirus fell below 80 percent for the first time since mid-September, driven by a 10-percentage point drop among adults who strongly approve of President Donald Trump, which reached 65 percent.
Vaccine willingness ticks up: The share of adults who said they’d get a coronavirus vaccine if one became available reached its highest level since late August, at 53 percent, amid slight upticks in willingness among Democrats and independents. Republicans are now the least likely to say they’d get vaccinated, at 46 percent.
Trump’s COVID-19 handling gets boost from GOP voters: Net approval among Republicans for Trump’s handling of the coronavirus reached its highest mark in over a month and jumped 10 points from the previous week, with 84 percent approving and 14 percent disapproving. Trump’s net approval among GOP voters was 74 percent on Oct. 10 and declined over the next month to its low last week of 60 percent, before rising to 70 percent in the most recent survey.
Socializing wanes as cases rise: Willingness to socialize in public spaces amid the pandemic has dipped to some of the lowest levels since September among both Democratic and Republican adults as daily coronavirus cases continue to rise. The decrease was more significant among GOP adults, with 37 percent saying as of Nov. 23 that they are “continuing to socialize in public places” or “continuing to socialize in public places, but less than before, a drop of 7 percentage points from Nov. 14 and the lowest percentage since Sept. 13 (38 percent). One in 5 Democrats said they’re continuing to socialize in public, a decrease of 3 points from Nov. 14 and the lowest percentage since Sept. 13, when it was also 20 percent.