Poll: Nearly 30 percent say COVID-19 pandemic is over in US
Almost 30 percent of Americans said in a poll released Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic is over in the U.S., as cases, hospitalizations and deaths have dropped amid vaccinations.
A Gallup poll determined that 29 percent of U.S. adults have concluded the coronavirus pandemic that disrupted the country and world over the past year has ended.
Still, 71 percent said they do not consider the pandemic to have ended.
Republicans are more likely to consider the pandemic over, with 57 percent saying the crisis has ended, compared to 35 percent of independents and just 4 percent of Democrats.
Men are also more likely than women to say the U.S. has gotten through the pandemic, with 36 percent of men and 22 percent of women considering it over in the country.
Growing optimism: More Americans are expressing optimism, as the poll documented a record-high percentage of people, at 89 percent, who said the coronavirus pandemic is improving in the country.
States have been loosening coronavirus restrictions as more residents get vaccinated, prompting a majority of Americans to say this month that their lives are affected “not much” or “not at all” by the pandemic.
Fifteen percent of adults said in the June poll that their lives are completely back to normal, a jump from 9 percent in May.
But: The Biden administration admitted last week that it is on track to miss the president’s goal to vaccinate 70 percent of adults with at least one dose by the Fourth of July. And certain pockets of the country are lagging further behind the national trend, including four states where less than half of adults have gotten at least one dose, according to The New York Times.