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Poll: Majority of Americans Believe ‘Worst Still to Come’ From COVID-19

Poll: Majority of Americans Believe ‘Worst Still to Come’ From COVID-19

A Pew Research Center poll that was published on Wednesday found that a majority of Americans believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is going to get worse before it gets better. This is in spite of the fact that more than half the country has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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But the rise of the Delta variant has many citizens wary of the future.

According to the survey, which was conducted from August 23rd to August 29th, 54 percent of the public “think the worst is still to come, while 45 percent say the worst is behind us.”

Pew explains:

Views are more positive than they were in November 2020 – before COVID-19 vaccines were approved for use in the U.S. – when just 28% of Americans thought the worst was behind us and 71% said the worst was still yet to come.

Republicans and Republican leaners are slightly more optimistic about the state of the outbreak than Democrats and Democratic leaners: 53% of Republicans say the worst is behind us, while 59% of Democrats take the opposing view and think the worst is still to come.

Adults who have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and those who have not view the state of the coronavirus outbreak in similar terms: 53% of vaccinated and 56% of unvaccinated adults say the worst of the problems from the outbreak are still to come.

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The poll also revealed that most Americans support restrictions as a means of keeping people safe, however, “Americans are less convinced of how much the restrictions have helped to prevent hospitalizations and deaths from the coronavirus and helped to slow its spread. Majorities say the restrictions have helped at least some in each regard, but only about three-in-ten say they have done a lot to help prevent hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 (32%) or slow the spread of the coronavirus (31%),” Pew said, adding that Democrats are more likely than Republicans to acknowledge the benefits to measures such as social distancing, limits on crowd sizes, and masks mandates.

Nearly 685,000 Americans have died from SARS-COV-2, according to the latest day from Worldometer.info’s COVID Tracker.

View the full survey here.

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