LAST UPDATE: JULY 28, 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 Net Approval on Handling COVID-19 Drops to New Low: Net approval for President Joe Biden’s handling of the coronavirus fell for the second consecutive week to a record-low plus-11, with 52 percent of registered voters approving of his performance in containing the spread of the virus and 41 percent disapproving. Fueling the overall downward trend were new lows this week among Democratic voters at plus-80 (88 percent approve, 8 percent disapprove) and independents at minus-1 (44 percent approve, 45 disapprove), the first time the president has fallen under water with that bloc.

Declines Across the Board in Leader Net Approval for Handling the Coronavirus: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fell to an all-time low in voter net approval for its handling in containing the spread of the coronavirus at plus-26 (59 percent approve, 33 percent disapprove). Net approval for Congress (minus-6), the United Nations (plus-6) and Vice President Kamala Harris (0) have all trended downward over the past four weeks.

Public’s View of COVID-19 as a Severe Risk Locally Keeps Rising: The share of adults who say COVID-19 is a severe health risk to their local community ticked up for the third week in a row, potentially reflecting increased concern over the spread of the virus as infections climb across the country. Democrats remain nearly three times as likely as Republicans to say the virus is a local health risk, 31 percent to 11 percent.

Economic Impact of COVID-19 Less of a Concern for Voters: The share of registered voters who say they are more concerned about the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak than the public health impact reached its lowest point since late April at 36 percent, with an 11-point decline from independents to 31 percent driving that downward trend.

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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