Most of the public continues to take precautions to protect themselves against the risks of Covid-19 and nearly 4 in 10 Americans think they will continue to do so in the foreseeable future, according to a new study CNN poll performed by SSRS.
More than half, 55%, say the risk of coronavirus remains high enough that they believe it is still necessary to take extra precautions in their daily lives. 38 percent expect that they will continue to take these extra precautions in the future, with only 17% believing that they will eventually feel safe enough to return to their pre-pandemic habits. A further 45% say they already feel safe enough to carry out everyday life much as it was before the pandemic, up from 36% in a survey conducted in August and early September.
This gap in Americans’ approach to Covid reflects a broader divide in the view of how the nation should handle the pandemic, the poll finds. Those who still take precautions are also very much in favor of mitigation policies put in place by the government or other institutions: 72% believe that the government has a role to play in limiting the spread of Covid-19, 70% believe vaccination requirements for an acceptable way to raise the vaccination rate and 74% are in favor of mask requirements in public indoor spaces.
Among the smaller proportion who have returned to their pre-pandemic norms, 66% consider vaccination claims to be a violation of personal rights, 82% believe that wearing masks should be optional, and 65% believe that the government can not effectively curb the spread of Viruses. .
The dwindling minority who remain unvaccinated are the least likely to say they are taking the pandemic into their lives in other ways. Two-thirds of unvaccinated adults say they do not currently take coronavirus precautions, compared to 39% of those who have been vaccinated.
The results come amid widespread but declining concerns about the virus. A majority of 62% of Americans still say they are at least somewhat concerned about the coronavirus pandemic in their communities – 22% say they are very concerned, down from 41% in a poll taken in August and early September. About 62% of Americans say the pandemic was a factor for them when they made vacation plans this year, but only 30% call it an important factor. Even among those who say they are currently taking Covid precautions, fewer than half say the pandemic was a major factor in their plans.
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