Majority Thinks Coronavirus Pandemic Permanently Changed Life in America

Fifty-seven percent of voters–including majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents–believe the coronavirus permanently changed how we live in the United States. 

WHY IT MATTERS – President Joe Biden recently announced the end of the coronavirus national emergency, but the virus’s effects on society may be long-lasting. 

THE NUMBERS – A recent Fox News national survey asked American voters questions relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

Has the pandemic changed how we live in the U.S.?

  • 57 percent – Yes, permanently
  • 33 percent – Yes, temporarily
  • 9 percent – No real change

Is the coronavirus under control in the U.S.?

  • 20 percent – Completely 
  • 46 percent – Mostly
  • 27 percent – Somewhat
  • 7 percent – Not at all

Are you concerned about the coronavirus?

  • 32 percent – Yes
  • 68 percent – No

Do you approve or disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of the coronavirus?

  • 50 percent – Approve
  • 47 percent – Disapprove

THE BOTTOM LINE – A majority of Americans, across political affiliations, believe that the coronavirus pandemic permanently altered the American way of life, though most think that the coronavirus is at least mostly under control in the U.S. Fewer than one-third of Americans remain concerned about the coronavirus, while the country is split on how President Biden has dealt with the pandemic. These results suggest a desire among the American public to move on from the coronavirus pandemic and return to pre-pandemic norms.


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