WASHINGTON – New data from the NBC weekly tracking poll | SurveyMonkey is showing signs that coronavirus fatigue is setting in for the country.
American adults still view the pandemic as a health crisis, and the majority fear businesses are opening too soon.
But there has been an increase since July from Americans who see the pandemic as primarily an economic crisis, and from worries that businesses are taking too long to reopen.
Fifty-four percent of adults say that businesses reopening too quickly is a greater concern, compared to 42% who are more worried about opening too slowly. But at the start of July, 63% saw reopening businesses too quickly as the biggest concern, compared to 33% who were more concerned about slowing reopens.
There has also been a certain leveling off between those who view the pandemic as more of an economic crisis and those who see it more as a health crisis.
Fifty-two percent say it is more of a health crisis, while 47 percent say it is more of an economic crisis. In early July, 56% said the pandemic was more of a health crisis, while 43% said it was more of an economic crisis.
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Six months after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic, American life and the economy have been hit hard. There have been more than 6.3 million cases of the coronavirus in the United States and 190,000 deaths have been attributed to the virus. After the unemployment rate skyrocketed to 14.7% in April, the highest since the Great Depression, it fell to 8.4% in August, still more than double the pre-coronavirus unemployment rate.
While the federal government previously agreed to a handful of aid measures to support the economy and protect Americans, the latest round of negotiations between the White House and Congress collapsed last month. President Donald Trump has sought to bypass the deadlock with a series of executive orders, but critics have questioned whether the measures will be effective or even legal.
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The change comes as more facets of American life return to a semblance of normal – professional sports have restarted, many states have relaxed coronavirus restrictions, and some schools have started to open with a mix in-person and virtual options.
A majority of American adults with school-aged children say at least some of their children’s learning will take place online this year, as many schools remain partially closed.
Forty-eight percent of adults with children in school say their children will receive all of their lessons online, and 24 percent say there will be a mix of in-person and distance learning. Another 20 percent of adults with children in school say their children will receive all of their education in person.
About a month ago, 17% of parents said their children would fully return to school in person, and 41% said their children would be taught distance education online.
However, most parents are not confident in the quality of education their children will receive this year. When asked to rate the quality of education their children will have because of the coronavirus pandemic, only 18% of parents gave it an “A” and 26% said “B”, while a third – 33% – gave it a “C. Another 13 percent of adults with children said their children would receive a “D” grade education this fall, and 10 percent said it would be an “F”.
Public health experts have warned that the full reopening of businesses and schools may hinge on widespread adoption of a coronavirus vaccine. And while a plurality of American adults say they and their families would receive a government-approved coronavirus vaccine if it became available, a majority of adults say they either wouldn’t or would not. ‘are not sure.
Forty percent of adults say they would receive a government-approved vaccine, 24 percent say they would not, and 34 percent say they are unsure.
Trump has repeatedly stated that a vaccine could be ready for distribution ahead of the Nov. 3 election, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has told states to be ready for wide distribution by Nov. 1. But it is feared that this calendar is also. fast, and scientists demanded to see data that would support an accelerated strategy.
The data comes from a set of SurveyMonkey online surveys conducted from August 31 to September 31. On February 6, 2020, from a national sample of 35,847 adults in the United States, respondents were selected from more than 2 million people who complete surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform every day. The modeled error estimate for this survey is plus or minus 1.0 percentage point. Data were weighted for age, race, gender, education, and geography using the Census Bureau’s U.S. Community Survey to reflect the demographic makeup of states -United aged 18 and over.