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Tags: Coronavirus | vaccine | coronavirus

37 Percent Say Worst of Pandemic Behind Us, Lowest Since January

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Scott Rasmussen By Wednesday, 21 July 2021 10:32 AM Current | Bio | Archive

July 21, 2021: Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us. That’s down nineteen points over the past six weeks and the lowest level of optimism since late January.[1][2][3]

A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 33% take the opposite view and think the worst is still to come. Thirty percent (30%) are not sure.[1]

Confidence fell significantly among Republicans, Democrats, and independents. However, Republicans remain far more upbeat than other voters. By a 49% to 26% margin, Republicans tend to believe the worst is behind us.

Democrats, by a 39% to 31% margin, take the opposite view. Among independent voters, 23% believe the worst is behind us, while 34% believe the worst is yet to come.[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.[2]

● 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.[10]

● After that surge, the trend of growing confidence appeared to stall. From mid-February to mid-April, there was little change in public confidence.[10][11][12]

● Beginning in mid-April, optimism soared once again.[12]

● Now, these latest numbers suggest we are now witnessing the biggest drop in confidence since last summer.[13]

By a 46% to 31% margin, those who say they will never get vaccinated say the worst is behind us. Those who say they are supportive of vaccines are somewhat less upbeat. Still, by a 37% to 32% margin, vaccine-supportive voters narrowly tend to think the worst is behind us. However, by a 36% to 30% margin, those who are vaccine-reluctant believe the worst is yet to come.[1]

Vaccine-reluctant voters include those who want to wait and see how it works before getting vaccinated and those who are in no particular rush to get vaccinated. These results may suggest a significant difference of opinion between those who will never get vaccinated and those who are reluctant to do so at this time.

Data released yesterday show that vaccine-reluctant voters are strongly opposed to President Joe Biden’s call for a door-to-door campaign designed to encourage more vaccinations.[14]

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, "37% believe worst of pandemic behind us; lowest since January," July 20, 2021
  2. Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for February 2, 2021," February 2, 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 23, 2021," February 23, 2021
  11. Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for March 11, 2021," March 11, 2021
  12. Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for April 20, 2021," April 20, 2021
  13. Ballotpedia.org, "Scott Rasmussen's Number of the Day for June 25, 2020," June 25, 2020
  14. ScottRasmussen.com, "74% of Vaccine Reluctant Oppose Biden's Door-to-Door Vaccination Effort," July 18, 2021

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