LAST UPDATE: MARCH 3, 2021

The Return to Normal: Views on the Pandemic

Morning Consult is tracking how the public feels about COVID-19's impact on health, politics and the economy
By: Gaby Galvin, Matt Bracken and Brian Yermal Jr.

 

This tracker is part of a series from Morning Consult gauging when consumers will return to normal activities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and sign-up for alerts.

Morning Consult is closely tracking the public’s attitudes on vaccines, social distancing, comfort, political and institutional leadership in handling the coronavirus, the economic cost and more.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

3 in 10 Adults Say Coronavirus Is a Severe Health Risk Locally: The share of adults who think COVID-19 presents a severe health risk in their community continued to fall, reaching 30 percent, the lowest point since mid-October. Perception of the local COVID-19 risk has been declining among both Democrats and Republicans, though Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans to say COVID-19 is a local risk, 40 percent to 20 percent.

3 in 5 Black Adults Say They’d Get Vaccinated: The share of Black adults who said they’d get a COVID-19 vaccine jumped 13 percentage points in a week to reach 60 percent, the highest level since April 2020 and similar to the share among adults overall (62 percent) and white adults (63 percent). Vaccine willingness among Black adults has see-sawed for months, but generally remained lower than the general population; the margin of error for the sample of Black adults is 6 points.

Republicans Growing More Wary of Social Distancing: For the first time in Morning Consult/Politico tracking, fewer than half of GOP voters (47 percent) agree that “Americans should continue to social distance for as long as is needed to curb the spread of coronavirus even if it means continued damage to the economy.” The share of Republicans who agree with that statement fell 7 percentage points over the past week.

Nearly Half of the Public Is Comfortable Resuming Regular Routine: Forty-seven percent of U.S. adults said they are very or somewhat comfortable returning to their normal routine, the highest share since Morning Consult began tracking the question in late May and an increase of 3 percentage points from last week. Republicans also set a record high this week, with 59 percent now saying they’re comfortable resuming their regular routine.

New Generational Highs in Returning to Normal Routine: Record shares of Millennials and Gen Xers now say they’re comfortable resuming their regular routine, at 56 percent and 51 percent, respectively. The previous high for Millennials was 51 percent , set last week, and Gen Xers hit their record mark two weeks ago at 47 percent.

Concern Over Outbreak Among All Adults Holding Steady
Share of U.S. adults who are "very" concerned about coronavirus outbreak, by generation
Weekly surveys are conducted among roughly 2,200 U.S. adults and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

Republicans Less Likely Than Democrats to Say the Outbreak Is a Severe Health Risk in Their Community
The share of U.S. adults who say the coronavirus is a severe health risk in their local community

Weekly surveys are conducted among roughly 2,200 U.S. adults and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

3 in 5 Adults Say They Would Get a Coronavirus Vaccine
The share of U.S. adults who say that they would get vaccinated if a vaccine that protects from the coronavirus became available to them
Weekly surveys are conducted among roughly 2,200 U.S. adults and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

Vaccine Willingness Rising Among Black Adults
The share of U.S. adults who say that they would get vaccinated if a vaccine that protects from the coronavirus became available to them

Weekly surveys are conducted among roughly 2,200 U.S. adults and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

Republicans More Likely to Prioritize Economic Impact of Outbreak
The share of U.S. adults who say they are more concerned about the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak than the public health impact
Weekly Morning Consult/Politico surveys are conducted among roughly 1,900 registered voters and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

Voters Believe Social Distancing Is Worth the Potential Economic Cost
The share of voters who agree "Americans should continue to social distance for as long as is needed to curb the spread of coronavirus even if it means continued damage to the economy"

Weekly Morning Consult/Politico surveys are conducted among roughly 1,900 registered voters and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

Voters Trust Congressional Democrats More to Handle the Coronavirus
The share of voters who trust the following more to handle the coronavirus:
Weekly Morning Consult/Politico surveys are conducted among roughly 1,900 registered voters and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

Republicans Most Comfortable Returning to Their Normal Routine
Share of adults who say they would be "very comfortable" or "somewhat comfortable" returning to their normal routine

Weekly surveys are conducted among roughly 2,200 U.S. adults and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

Younger Generations More Comfortable Returning to Normal Routine
Share of adults who say they would be "very comfortable" or "somewhat comfortable" returning to their normal routine

Weekly surveys are conducted among roughly 2,200 U.S. adults and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

Biden's Net Approval for Handling COVID-19 Well Above Water
Net approval (approval minus disapproval) among registered voters of Biden’s handling of the coronavirus
Weekly surveys are conducted among roughly 1,990 registered voters and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

Net Approval for Leaders' Handling of Coronavirus Largely Holding Steady
Net approval (approval minus disapproval) among registered voters of each of the following’s handling of the coronavirus:
Weekly surveys are conducted among roughly 1,990 registered voters and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

Tracking the Return to Normal

When will things return to normal and what will our new normal look like? It’s a question that business, economic and government leaders are grappling with as more and more Americans receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

To help answer this complicated question, Morning Consult is tracking how consumer attitudes are shifting across a wide range of categories, from travel to entertainment to dining, to gain greater insight into not only when consumers will be ready to return to their normal activities, but how their habits will be forever changed. We’ll be updating these pages every week with new data and analyses. Sign-up for alerts below.

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