May 3, 2021: Since the COVID-19 vaccines became available in January, there has been a roughly 80% decline in the number of reported cases and deaths from the virus. However, just 36% of voters nationwide are aware of the progress. A Scott Rasmussen survey found 24% believe it is not true, and 40% are not sure.
This may reflect the fact that 87% of national media coverage about the pandemic has been negative. National media coverage in the United States has been far more negative than coverage in scientific journals and other nations.
Forty-one percent (41%) of Democrats are aware of the progress, along with 36% of Republicans. Only 29% of independent voters recognize how much of an improvement there has been.
Interestingly, however, Democrats remain more pessimistic about the pandemic than other voters.
By a 60% to 18% margin, Republicans believe the worst is behind us. A solid plurality (46% to 24%) of independents agree. Democrats are somewhat less convinced; 43% believe the worst is behind us, while 31% believe it is yet to come.
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1. ScottRasmussen.com, "36% aware of dramatic reduction in COVID cases," May 3, 2021
2. U.S. News, "COVID Deaths Continue to Decline in U.S.," April 30, 2021
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