A new survey reveals Americans’ shifting views on the overall COVID-19 situation, the vaccination process, fears surrounding contracting the virus, and more.
Now that over half of US adults aged ≥18 years are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and more states are scaling back public health measures meant to curb transmission, are Americans' growing less fearful and more hopeful?
To find out how Americans currently feel about the pandemic, Gallup recently conducted a web-based survey of 3572 US adults aged ≥18 years from May 18-23, 2021. Respondents are members of the Gallup Panel, a multimode Panel with approximately 100 000 members that has been collecting US adults' opinions about pressing issues since 2004. Scroll through the slides below to find out the results.
When asked to compare their life before COVID-19 and the present, 9% of US adults said their life is completely back to normal, 57% said somewhat back to normal, and 34% said normalcy has not yet returned.
Americans might be unlikely to say their lives are completely back to normal because a majority (52%) said their life is still being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. When asked how long they thought this disruption will last, 39% said through the end of 2021 and 18% said longer than that.
An increasingly larger share of Americans (84%) think the COVID-19 situation is getting a lot/a little better, a 15-percentage-point increase since April 2021.
Consistent with US adults becoming more positive about the trajectory of the pandemic, their worry about contracting COVID-19 has also decreased. Currently, 20% of respondents are "very" or "somewhat" worried about contracting COVID-19, compared to 57% in May 2020.
Satisfaction with the COVID-19 vaccination process has steadily increased since the beginning of the year. Seventy-eight percent of respondents reported being very satisfied/satisfied with the process, a significant increase from 34% who said the same in January 2021.
With a sense of normalcy starting to return, US adults are now less likely to say that the best advice for healthy people during the pandemic is to stay home to help prevent transmission, decreasing from 91% in March 2020 to 67% in January 2021 to 44% in May 2021.
In fact, for the first time since Gallup began its COVID-19 poll, a majority (56%) of Americans said the better advice is for healthy people to “lead their normal lives as much as possible and avoid interruptions to work and business."