LAST UPDATE: MAY 18, 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

Majority of Voters Prioritize Economic Impact of COVID-19: 51% of registered voters say they’re more concerned about the economic impact of the coronavirus compared with 41% who say the same for the public health impact. It’s the first time in Morning Consult/Politico tracking that over half of voters have said as much, with a record share of Republicans (70%) fueling the all-time high.

Support for Vaccine Mandates Climbing Slightly: The share of adults who back COVID-19 vaccination mandates has risen in recent weeks, with support ranging from 53% from businesses and employers to 58% from state governments. The uptick comes after support for requirements hit a low in Morning Consult polling in mid-April.

Biden Back Above Water in COVID-19 Management: President Joe Biden’s net approval for his handling of the coronavirus inched back above water (plus 1) as Republicans gave him their highest marks since August 2021 at minus 62 (17% approving, 79% disapproving). Independents’ feelings about Biden’s COVID-19 management improved 13 points in week, rising to minus 5 (41% approving, 46% disapproving).

1 in 7 View COVID-19 as ‘Severe’ Risk in Their Community: The public is slightly more likely to view COVID-19 as a severe local health risk than it was a few weeks ago, with that share rising to 14% from 10% in mid-April. The increase was driven by an uptick among Democrats, while concern has remained level among Republicans.

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 registered voters 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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