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Tags: Coronavirus | pandemic | worst | voters

Poll: 34 Percent Say Worst of Pandemic is Behind Us; 38 Percent Disagree

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Scott Rasmussen By Wednesday, 28 July 2021 09:44 AM Current | Bio | Archive

July 28, 2021: Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters now believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us. That’s down three points from a week ago and 22 points over the past two months.[1][2][3]

A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that a slightly larger number — 38% of voters — believe the worst is still to come. That’s up five points from a week ago and 18 points since late May.[1]

This is the first time since the vaccine rollout in January that a plurality of voters has said the worst is yet to come.[1]

While confidence among all segments of the population has fallen over the past two months, the decline is sharpest among Democrats and independents.[1]

Compared to last week, Republicans' responses are essentially unchanged. By a 50% to 25% margin, GOP voters tend to believe the worst is behind us.[1]

However, 47% of Democrats now believe the worst is yet to come, up eight points from a week ago. Just 26% of Democrats believe the worst is behind us.[1]

Among independent voters, 45% believe the worst is yet to come. That’s up 11 points over the past week.[1]

Throughout 2020, public confidence about the pandemic resembled a roller-coaster ride:

● Optimism bounced up and down between August and October.[4][5][6][7]

● Following the election last fall, confidence fell sharply. In late November, 68% believed that the worst was still to come. However, following the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, confidence surged.[8][9]

● By late January, 33% of voters believed the worst of the pandemic was behind us, while 40% believed the worst was still to come.[10]

● Then, in mid-February, for the first time ever, a plurality of voters believed that the worst was behind us. At that point, 39% took the optimistic view, while 31% gave a more pessimistic answer.[11]

● After that surge, the trend of growing confidence appeared to stall. From mid-February to mid-April, there was little change in public confidence.[11][12][13]

● Beginning in mid-April, optimism soared once again.[13]

● Confidence peaked in late May, and we are now witnessing the biggest drop in confidence since last summer.[3]

Scott Rasmussen is founder and president of the Rasmussen Media Group. He is a political analyst, author, public speaker, independent public opinion pollster and columnist for Creators Syndicate. Read Scott Rasmussen's Reports — More Here.

Footnotes:

  1. ScottRasmussen.com, "Plurality now believes that worst of pandemic is yet to come," July 26, 2021
  2. Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for July 21, 2021," July 21, 2021
  3. Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for June 3, 2021," June 3, 2021
  4. Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for August 26, 2020," August 26, 2020
  5. Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for September 3, 2020," September 3, 2020
  6. Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for September 10, 2020," September 10, 2020
  7. Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for October 6, 2020," October 6, 2020
  8. Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for December 2, 2020," December 2, 2020
  9. Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for May 28, 2021," May 28, 2021
  10. Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for February 2, 2021," February 2, 2021
  11. Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for February 23, 2021," February 23, 2021
  12. Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for March 11, 2021," March 11, 2021
  13. Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for April 20, 2021," April 20, 2021

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