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October 26, 2021
A 66% majority of Americans, the poll finds, now say that their lives have at least partially returned to a pre-pandemic normal.
Of that, just 9% say things are completely back to normal, but another 57% say that things are somewhat back to normal. Another 34% say things haven’t yet gone back to normal. For comparison, in October, 62% of the public said that their lives hadn’t gone back to normal. There are few notable demographic divides on whether things are edging back toward normalcy, according to Gallup, with similar results across gender, age, regional and financial lines. There are, however, clear partisan differences.
Last fall, Republicans were 46 percentage points likelier than Democrats to say things were at least somewhat back to normal. That gap has narrowed with Democrats’ improving outlook, but Republicans are still 20 percentage points more likely than Democrats to say things are at least somewhat normal. An 84% majority of Americans say the coronavirus situation in the US is getting at least a little better, a new high.
The share saying they’re even somewhat worried about contracting coronavirus themselves has dropped to a low of 20%. And, for the first time in Gallup’s polling since the start of the pandemic, Americans favor advising healthy people to “lead their normal lives as much as possible,” rather than “stay home as much as possible to avoid contracting or spreading the coronavirus.”
Most Americans say they’re still affected by the pandemic in some ways, but its repercussions are no longer felt as universally as they once were. About half, 52% say their life continues to be disrupted in at least some ways by the pandemic, down from a high of 81% who said the same last spring. And while 57% think disruptions from the coronavirus will continue through the end of the year, that’s dropped 10 percentage points in only the last month.
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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