LAST UPDATE: DEC. 8, 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

Voter Net Approval for Biden’s COVID-19 Management Dips Below 0: For the first time in Morning Consult tracking, net approval among registered voters for President Joe Biden’s handling of the coronavirus fell under water (minus 1), with 47% approving and 48% disapproving. Biden’s plunge was fueled by record-low net approval marks from Democrats (plus 64) and Republicans (minus 72).

Falling Concern Over Delta Variant From Unvaccinated Adults: The share of unvaccinated adults who said they’re concerned about the delta variant fell 6 percentage points this week, landing at 48% even as concern among vaccinated adults remained steady at 79%. Those levels were similar when adults were asked how concerned they were about the newly identified omicron variant.

Americans’ Backing for Vaccine Requirements Is Falling: The public’s appetite for COVID-19 vaccine mandates is dropping, with support for federal requirements reaching 57%, down 5 percentage points from the week before. Support for state, local and school mandates also dipped this week, though they remain over 50%.

Voters Less Concerned About Economic Impact vs. Public Health Impact: The share of voters who say they’re more concerned about the economic impact of the coronavirus than the public health impact has fallen since the emergence of the omicron variant, dropping 5 points to 39% in two weeks. The shares of Democrats (23%), independents (40%) and Republicans (58%) who prioritize the economic impact over the public health impact all fell between 4 and 6 points over the same time period.

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

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

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 roughly 2,200 U.S. adults and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

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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