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How the Public's Views on COVID-19 Have Shifted Since the Pandemic Began

Updated: July 27, 2022 | By Matt Bracken

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Morning Consult has surveyed thousands of Americans every week to gauge the effects of the coronavirus on public opinion and behaviors across a wide range of categories, from politics and economics to shopping and dining. As the country transitions into a “new normal,” Morning Consult continues to closely monitor how American attitudes are shifting in these later stages of the pandemic.

The Views on the Pandemic tracker examines how the public feels about COVID-19’s continuing impacts on health, politics and the economy by examining attitudes toward vaccines, political and institutional handling of the coronavirus, economic impacts of the pandemic and more.

This tracker is updated monthly alongside Return to Normal: Consumer Comfort, which monitors the public’s comfort engaging in various socializing, entertainment and travel activities.

The historical Return to Normal tracking pages are available in full here.

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KEY TRENDS

Slight Rise in Omicron Concern Among the Vaccinated: The share of vaccinated adults who say they’re concerned about the omicron variant has inched up over the past month, climbing 4 percentage points to 69%. About 2 in 5 unvaccinated adults say they’re concerned about the omicron variant, holding relatively steady in the past four weeks.

Biden Recovering With Independents on His COVID-19 Handling: President Joe Biden’s net approval among independent voters for his handling of the coronavirus climbed 11 points in a month to minus 13, with 39% approving and 52% disapproving of his COVID-19 management. Among all voters, Biden has a net approval of minus 1 on COVID-19.

About 1 in 5 Democrats Think COVID-19 Is a Severe Local Health Risk: Democrats have grown slightly less likely over the past month to view COVID-19 as a “severe” health risk in their community, with 19% now saying as much, down from 23% over that time period. Among all U.S. adults, 14% say the coronavirus is a severe health risk locally.

Risk and Concern

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.

Political Impact

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.

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Methodology

Morning Consult’s Return to Normal: Views of the Pandemic relies on a weekly survey that measures Americans’ perceptions of vaccines, political and institutional leadership in handling the coronavirus, the economic cost and more. The latest results are based on a survey of 2,210 adults, conducted June 23-26, 2022.

About Morning Consult

Morning Consult is a global decision intelligence company changing how modern leaders make smarter, faster, better decisions. The company pairs its proprietary high-frequency data with applied artificial intelligence to better inform decisions on what people think and how they will act. Learn more at morningconsult.com.

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Morning Consult trackers monitor everything from political sentiment to economic conditions to consumer behavior. They are updated on either a weekly or monthly basis using data from a representative sample, displayed in an easy-to-parse format and accompanied by exclusive insights from leading industry analysts and subject matter experts.

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