Do Americans Believe In Winning War Against Covid 19?

One Million Lives to Covid
The world has lost one million people to COVID-19 so far this year, a “tragic milestone” as defined by the World Health Organisation, which has called for vaccinating more people against the disease.

Do the Americans feel that the war against Covid 19 is over? Majority of the Americans think that Coronavirus cases are decreasing nationally and in their local areas but few of them are optimistic that the pandemic risks are fading.

Though the Americans say, “we have won the war” against the virus, few of them only believe it’s safe to resume normal activities. with all US states eliminating mask mandates this month, more than three-quarters of Americans (78%) say they are ready to return to normal.” that is further reinforced by the 62% of Americans who say the national caseload is decreasing rather than going up (12%), according to the Economist YouGov poll.

DOUBTS STILL PERSIST

However, the survey notes that Americans’ hopes for returning to normal do not mean that they believe it is safe to do so yet. The YouGov points out than only one in three Amencans (34 per cent) say it is safe to resume normal life activities. The same number (34%) believe that it will be safe sometime in 2022, while 20% say it will not be safe until after 2022. Even fewer (13%) now say it will never be safe to return to normal. Other than a slight shift toward believing things will be safe later this year rather than after this year these figures are little changed from when they were first asked in February 2022.

The YouGov survey notes that most of the Americans are not willing to declare victory over the virus that killed more than 9,00,000 Americans. About half of Americans (47%) say no to the question, “Have we won the war against COVID-19?”. About half as many (23%) say yes. Republicans are split on whether the war against COVID-19 has been won (35%) or not (38%). Most Democrats (54%) say we have not won, compared to 19% who say we have. Some of the majority of people who aren’t saying we’ve won the war on COVID-19 might not think the war is winnable, or that it is a war at all.

Methodology

The Economist survey was conducted by Youbov using a nationally representative sample of 1,500 US adult citizens interviewed online between March 6-8.2022. This sample was weighted according to gender age, race and education based on the 2018 American Community Survey conducted by the US Census Bureau, as well as 2016 and 2020 Presidential votes (or non-votes). Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be representative of al US citizens. The margin of error is approximately 3% for the overall sample

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