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Tuesday, 07 September 2021 19:06

Americans Less Confident the Worst of the Pandemic is Over Entering Fall: Poll

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Results of a newly released Long Island University Steven S. Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling and Analysis national poll reveal Americans' confidence the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is over has decreased to 23% entering the fall, as compared to entering summer (53%), as the highly contagious Delta variant surges. 

Respondents were asked if they believe the worst of the pandemic is over. Overall, 23% of respondents said yes, which tracks significantly lower than 53% in June and 25% in February through national polls conducted by the Long Island University Steven S. Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling and Analysis.

 

Respondents age 18-29 believe the worst is over at a higher rate (27%) than respondents age 60 and older (18%). Males believe the worst is over at a higher rate (30%) than females (17%). Respondents with the highest confidence level the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is over are Republicans (36%), followed by Independents (23%) and Democrats (15%).

 

Americans were asked if they would recommend adolescents ages 12 to 18 get vaccinated with an FDA approved vaccine. 72% of respondents said yes. 90% of Democrats said yes. 66% of Independents/Other said yes. 53% of Republicans said yes.

 

Respondents were asked if they support wearing masks in schools to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. 74% of respondents said yes. 92% of Democrats said yes. 71% of Independents/Other said yes. 50% of Republicans said yes.

 

Respondents were asked if they support wearing masks in public areas to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. 75% of respondents said yes. 92% of Democrats said yes. 72% of Independents/Other said yes. 52% of Republicans said yes.

 

Respondents were asked if they believe wearing face masks reduces the likelihood of contracting the coronavirus. 72% of Americans said yes. 91% of Democrats said yes. 68% of Independents/Other said yes. 51% of Republicans said yes.

 

Americans were asked how concerned they are about someone in their family becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus. 72% of respondents said they are somewhat or seriously concerned as compared to 57% in an earlier June poll. 84% of Democrats, 70% of Independents/Other and 56% of Republicans said they are somewhat or seriously concerned.

 

Americans were asked how concerned they are about someone in their family becoming seriously ill from the Delta variant. 73% of respondents said...


...they are somewhat or seriously concerned. 85% of Democrats, 72% of Independents/Other and 56% of Republicans said they are somewhat or seriously concerned.

 

Americans were asked how concerned they are about someone in their family that has been vaccinated becoming seriously ill from a "breakthrough" infection. 62% of respondents said they are somewhat or seriously concerned. 71% of Democrats, 60% of Independents/Other and 51% of Republicans said they are somewhat or seriously concerned.

 

Respondents were asked if they feel safe dining out in restaurants if they are vaccinated. 57% of Americans said yes, which held roughly steady from a previous poll in April (58%). 56% of Democrats said yes, 54% of Independents/Other said yes and 64% of Republicans said yes. 

 

Respondents were asked if they feel safe using air travel if they are vaccinated. 51% of Americans said yes, which held roughly steady from a previous poll in April (50%). 48% of Democrats said yes, 50% of Independents/Other said yes and 59% of Republicans said yes.

 

Respondents were asked if they feel safe attending full-capacity stadium events if they are vaccinated. 32% of Americans said yes, which held roughly steady from a previous poll in April (33%). 26% of Democrats said yes, 30% of Independents/Other said yes and 46% of Republicans said yes.

 

On Sept. 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new study that indicated a rise in child and adolescent hospitalizations related to the coronavirus and highly contagious Delta variant during the summer. The study showed hospitalization rates of adolescents age 12–17 years were 10 times higher in the unvaccinated compared with those who were fully vaccinated.

 

The CDC recommends everyone age 2 and older wear masks in public spaces, schools and childcare centers. The CDC also recommends everyone age 12 and older to get vaccinated to prevent the spread of coronavirus and the Delta variant, reportedly more than twice as contagious as previous variants.

 

The CDC acknowledged that...


...while COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing most infections, they are not 100% effective and breakthrough infections monitored by a CDC hospitalization rate tracking system.

 

According to CDC data, 62% of Americans age 12 and over are fully vaccinated as of Sept. 4. 64% of Americans age 18 and over are fully vaccinated (up from 55% in June). Americans over age 65 are fully vaccinated at a significantly higher rate (82% in September; up from 77% in June), indicating a promising way forward for the most at-risk population. 

 

Each state health department has a tailored plan for vaccination rollout in the U.S. Currently, the three vaccines authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19 by the CDC are Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Source: Long Island University Steven S. Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling and Analysis

 

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