LAST UPDATE: SEPT. 15, 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 and Matt Bracken

 

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 TRENDS

4 in 5 Adults Concerned About Delta Variant: The share of adults who say they’re concerned about the delta variant ticked up to 80%, with concern rising among both vaccinated and unvaccinated adults in the past week. Still, vaccinated Americans remain 21 percentage points more likely than unvaccinated adults to be worried about the delta variant, 87% to 66%.

Majority Support for Vaccine Requirements: At least 3 in 5 adults support COVID-19 vaccination requirements across a group of six institutions, with support ranging from 61% for mandates from businesses and employers to 66% who say the federal government should require vaccines. (Read more: White House’s COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates Have the Support of About 3 in 5 Americans | Brands That Ignore Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Have a Lot to Lose)

Biden’s COVID-19 Net Approval Among Independents Dips to Record Low: President Joe Biden’s net approval among independents for his handling of the coronavirus fell to minus 9, a new low in Morning Consult tracking, with 41% approving and 50% disapproving. Republicans matched a record low for net approval of Biden’s COVID-19 management at minus 67 (14% approve, 81% disapprove). (Read more: Vaccine Mandates Haven’t Moved the Needle on Biden’s Job Approval)

A Third of the Public Views COVID-19 as a Severe Risk Locally: The share of adults who say COVID-19 is a severe risk in their local community reached 33%, the highest level recorded since March. That share has been climbing since early July, with 41% of Democrats and 21% of Republicans now saying the virus is a severe local health risk.

Concern Over the Delta Variant
Share of vaccinated and unvaccinated U.S. adults who say they are "very" or "somewhat" concerned about the delta variant

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
The share of U.S. adults who say the following entities should require a COVID-19 vaccination for employees, residents or patrons:

Tracking Concern Over COVID-19
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%.

Viewing COVID-19 as a 'Severe' Health Risk in Your 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%.

Economic vs. Public Health Impact of COVID-19
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%.

Voter Trust in Congressional Handling of COVID-19
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%.

Biden's Net Approval for Handling COVID-19
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
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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