LAST UPDATE: APRIL 14, 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, Matt Bracken and Brian Yermal Jr.

 

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 TAKEAWAYS

Fewer Than Half of U.S. Adults Are Very Concerned About Coronavirus: The share of adults who are very concerned about COVID-19 continues to fall, reaching 46 percent, the lowest level since March 2020. Baby boomers remain the most likely to say they’re very concerned about the outbreak, while millennials are the least likely to say as much.

Net Approval for Harris’ Handling of COVID-19 Dips: The net approval of Vice President Kamala Harris for her handling of the coronavirus fell to plus-12 (50 percent approve, 38 percent disapprove), a 5-point decline from a week ago and the lowest mark of her tenure so far.

Concern Over Outbreak Among All Adults Holding Steady
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%.

Republicans Less Likely Than Democrats to Say the Outbreak Is a Severe Health Risk in Their 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%.

Republicans More Likely to Prioritize Economic Impact of Outbreak
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%.

Voters Believe Social Distancing Is Worth the Potential Economic Cost
The share of voters who agree "Americans should continue to social distance for as long as is needed to curb the spread of coronavirus even if it means continued damage to the economy"
Weekly Morning Consult/Politico surveys are conducted among roughly 1,900 registered voters and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

Voters Trust Congressional Democrats More to Handle the Coronavirus
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%.

Republicans Most Comfortable Returning to Their Normal Routine
Share of adults who say they would be "very comfortable" or "somewhat comfortable" returning to their normal routine
Weekly surveys are conducted among roughly 2,200 U.S. adults and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

Comfort for Returning to Normal Routine Rising Across Generations
Share of adults who say they would be "very comfortable" or "somewhat comfortable" returning to their normal routine
Weekly surveys are conducted among roughly 2,200 U.S. adults and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

Biden's Net Approval for Handling COVID-19 Well Above Water
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 Largely Holding Steady
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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