LAST UPDATE: JAN. 26, 2022

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

Falling Support for Vaccine Requirements From Employers, Businesses: Public support for COVID-19 vaccine mandates from employers and businesses has ticked down in the past two weeks, with just over 1 in 2 adults now backing such requirements.

Public Just as Concerned About Delta as Omicron: Adults are equally likely to say they are concerned about the delta and omicron variants, despite omicron’s dominance in the United States. Vaccinated adults are more than 20 percentage points likelier than those who are unvaccinated to say they’re worried about either variant.

3 in 10 View Coronavirus as a Severe Risk Locally: The share of adults who say COVID-19 is a severe local health risk fell to 31% amid a 6-point drop among Democrats, 40% of whom now say COVID-19 is a severe risk locally.

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

Weekly surveys are conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,200 U.S. adults and have an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

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:

Weekly surveys are conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,200 U.S. adults and have an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

Tracking Concern Over COVID-19
Share of U.S. adults who are "very" concerned about coronavirus outbreak, by generation
Weekly surveys are conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,200 U.S. adults and have an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

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 a representative sample of roughly 2,200 U.S. adults and have an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

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 a representative sample of roughly 1,900 registered voters and have an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

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 a representative sample of roughly 1,900 registered voters and have an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

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 a representative sample of roughly 1,990 registered voters and have an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

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 a representative sample of roughly 1,990 registered voters and have an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

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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