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Americans Split on Whether the Pandemic is Significantly Impacting Their Lives

Thursday, April 14, 2022 By Bryan Bennett
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Key takeaways
  • Most Americans are optimistic the worst of the pandemic is over, but split evenly on whether it is impacting their lives in significant ways.
  • Sarah Palin’s national favorability ratings are net underwater following her announcement that she is running for Congress.
  • A quarter of Americans participated in April Fools Day this year, including majorities of OANN and Newsmax viewers.

Most Americans Continue to Be Optimistic the Worst of the Pandemic is Over

Republicans (64%) are most likely to say the “worst is over,” followed by Democrats (46%). Independents are split – 39% believe the worst is over, 30% say the worst is yet to come, and 31% are not sure.

Americans Are Now Split on Whether the Pandemic is Over for Them or Not

Nearly half of Americans say the pandemic is “completely” or “mostly over” for them personally, up 8 points from November 2021.

  • More than three in five Republicans (63%) say it is over for them, while fewer than two in five independents (37%) agree.

Americans Are Optimistic About the Ability of the U.S. to Handle Future Surges of Coronavirus and Future Pandemics

Majorities of Americans think the U.S. is prepared to handle both situations, though only a narrow majority of independents (51%) believe the U.S. is prepared for a future pandemic.

Majorities Believe the United States Should Share Vaccine Doses with the World

Majorities of independents (51%) and Democrats (64%) believe the United States should share its vaccine doses with the rest of the world. A plurality of Republicans think America should focus on maintaining its own supply (42%).

Sarah Palin’s Ratings Are Underwater Nationwide as She Announces Her Congressional Bid

Palin retains high name identification 14 years after her bid for vice president, as only 20% of Americans report having no opinion of her – yet, even among Republicans, just 56% have a favorable view of Palin compared to 29% who view her unfavorably.

Younger Americans, OANN & Newsmax Viewers, Union Members, and Dads Most Likely to Participate in April Fools’

Majorities of regular Newsmax viewers (52%) and OANN viewers (51%) participated in April Fools’ Day this year.

About The Study

This release features findings from national online surveys of 998 registered voters conducted March 31 - April 4, 2022. Additional interviews were conducted among 100 Hispanic voters, 100 African American voters, 100 independents without a partisan lean, and 74 Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.

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In a world where the news cycle is the length of a tweet, our leaders often lack the real-time public-sentiment analysis to shape the best approaches to talking about the issues that matter the most. Navigator is designed to act as a consistent, flexible, responsive tool to inform policy debates by conducting research and reliable guidance to inform allies, elected leaders, and the press. Navigator is a project led by pollsters from Global Strategy Group and GBAO along with an advisory committee, including: Andrea Purse, progressive strategist; Arkadi Gerney, The Hub Project; Joel Payne, The Hub Project; Christina Reynolds, EMILY’s List; Delvone Michael, Working Families; Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute; Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO; Jesse Ferguson, progressive strategist; Navin Nayak, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Stephanie Valencia, EquisLabs; and Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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