Despite decreasing COVID-19 anxiety, 4 in 10 Americans are still wearing masks, poll shows


  • The poll shows that only 23% of Americans said they were “very concerned” about a family member experiencing serious illness due to COVID-19.
  • About three-quarters of those who have been vaccinated expressed concern over another surge.
  • Of the 1 in 5 Americans who say they will not get a vaccine, 69% are either lean or identify with the Republican Party.

As cases continue to decline in the United States, Americans are less concerned about COVID-19 affecting their family members, according to a new Monmouth University survey.

Only 23% of Americans said they were “very concerned” about a family member experiencing serious illness due to COVID-19, compared to 60% in January, According to the survey published on Monday.

Another finding: Four in 10 Americans haven’t changed their mask-wearing habits since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped mask requirements for vaccinated people in mid-May.

“As the CDC loosens its mask restrictions for people who have had the vaccine, we’re finding that more and more unaffiliated are using this as an opportunity to take off their masks, because you can’t afford the original vaccine.” Can really blend in with the crowd,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, told USA Today.

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According to the poll, 41% of those who have been vaccinated are wearing a mask, as they did before the new guidance. 1 in 5 Americans said they would not get vaccinated, only a quarter reported wearing their mask as often as they had in the past, and almost half reported wearing a mask only rarely during the pandemic.

That’s why, despite concerns being low, 26% of those surveyed were “very concerned” and 31% were “somewhat worried” about another surge if not enough people were vaccinated. About three-quarters of those who have been vaccinated expressed concern over another surge.

The survey also revealed that half of Americans believe the recent decrease in cases is due to vaccines becoming more widely available, while nearly a quarter see the decline of the virus as “running its course”. held responsible for. For those who have not been vaccinated, the number is as high as 55%.

Of those 1 in 5 Americans who say they will not get a vaccine, 69% are either lean or identify with the Republican Party.

“The messaging from the Republican leadership about the vaccine needs a significant shift. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s coming, and even if it gets to this point, it may be too late,” Murray said.

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