LAST UPDATE: AUG. 4, 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

Biden’s COVID-19 Net Approval Slides to New Low: For the third consecutive week, approval among voters for President Joe Biden’s handling of the coronavirus hit an all-time low, with 52% approving of his performance and 43% disapproving for a net of plus-9. Net approval for Biden’s COVID-19 management also fell to new lows among independents (minus-4) and Republicans (minus-59).

Net Approval for Congress on Coronavirus Continues to Fall: Congress’ net approval for its handling of the coronavirus declined for the fourth straight week, with 39% of voters approving of lawmakers on that front and 49% disapproving. With a net approval of minus-10, Congress has hit its lowest point since late January.

COVID-19 Increasingly Viewed as a Severe Risk Locally: The share of adults who say COVID-19 is a severe health risk to their local community jumped to 27%, up 5 percentage points from the week before. The public’s perception of the local health risk posed by COVID-19 had been rising since early July, but this week’s uptick represents the largest month-over-month increase since November 2020.

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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