March 11, 2021: Forty-two percent (42%) of voters now believe the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is behind us. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 28% disagree and believe the worst is still to come.
That’s the most optimistic assessment yet. Until very recently, a majority or plurality of voters had said the worst is still to come in every survey dating back nearly a year. As recently as late November, 68% believed the worst was still to come. At that time, only 18% believed the worst was behind us.
However, the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines dramatically decreased the levels of pessimism. By late January, 33% of voters believed the worst of the pandemic was behind us, while 40% believed the worst was still to come. Then, two weeks ago, for the first time ever, a plurality of voters believed the worst was behind us. At that point, 39% took the optimistic view, while 31% gave a more pessimistic answer.
The latest numbers show that 73% of voters have either received the vaccine or know someone who has.
Other data from the survey shows that 40% of voters believe the Biden administration will move too slowly to re-open society. Thirty-five percent (35%) fear it will move too fast. Sixty-five percent (65%) of Republicans fear the Biden team will wait too long, while 51% of Democrats fear it will move too fast.
Looking back, 50% of voters believed many states and cities overreacted to the coronavirus pandemic in ways that did more harm than good. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 37% disagreed and 13% were not sure.
Republicans, by a 56% to 22% margin, now believe the worst is behind us. Democrats are evenly divided on the question. Among independents, 38% say the worst is behind us, while 29% believe it is still to come.
- ScottRasmussen.com, "Confidence growing: 42% now believe worst of pandemic is behind us, 28% disagree," March 8, 2021
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