February 5, 2021 - 72% Are Concerned About New COVID-19 Strains Making The Pandemic Worse, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Nearly 6 In 10 Say The Pandemic Has Caused Financial Struggles Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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As COVID-19 variants spread, almost three-quarters of Americans say they are either very concerned (34 percent) or somewhat concerned (38 percent) that the new strains of COVID-19 will make the coronavirus pandemic in the United States worse, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University national poll of 1,075 adults released today. About one-quarter of Americans say they are not so concerned (13 percent) or not concerned at all (14 percent) that the new strains will make the pandemic worse.

When it comes to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, 7 percent say they have already been vaccinated, 59 percent say they are willing to get a COVID-19 vaccine, and 30 percent say they are not willing to get one.

Among those who say they are not willing to get a COVID-19 vaccine, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) cite safety concerns that are specific to the COVID-19 vaccine while 28 percent of those not willing to get a COVID- 19 vaccine say they have concerns about vaccines in general.

"Worries are high about darker days ahead in the pandemic as new strains of COVID-19 emerge. While the race is on to get adults vaccinated, 3 in 10 Americans are voicing resistance about rolling up their sleeves," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow.

VACCINE DISTRIBUTION

A majority of Americans say, 57 - 34 percent, that they believe President Joe Biden will be able to fulfill his pledge to get enough vaccines for 300 million Americans by the end of the summer.

Two-thirds of Americans say they are either very confident (21 percent) or somewhat confident (45 percent) in the federal government's ability to oversee the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Another thirty-one percent say they are either not so confident (17 percent) or not confident at all (14 percent).

ANTHONY FAUCI: FAVORABILITY

Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden's chief medical adviser on COVID-19, receives a positive favorability rating as 53 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of him, 23 percent have an unfavorable opinion, and 22 percent haven't heard enough about him.

MASKS

Three-quarters (75 percent) of Americans say they wear a mask all the time when they go out in public where six feet of social distancing can't always be maintained, and 12 percent say they wear a mask most of the time.

Asked to compare their mask wearing to a few months ago, 66 percent say they wear masks about as often as they did a few months ago, with 25 percent saying they wear them more often.

Among those wearing a mask more often compared to a few months ago, 29 percent say President Biden's urging Americans to wear a mask was a major reason why, 11 percent say it was a minor reason and 58 percent say it was not a reason at all.

CORONAVIRUS: MENTAL HEALTH & FINANCIAL IMPACT

Roughly half of Americans (51 percent) say the coronavirus pandemic is harming their mental health or a family member's mental health, and 48 percent say it is not.

More than half of Americans (58 percent) say the coronavirus pandemic has caused financial struggles for them or someone in their immediate family, while 42 percent say it has not.

When asked how difficult it would be to pay an unexpected bill of one thousand dollars right away, 59 percent say it would be either very difficult (31 percent) or somewhat difficult (28 percent) to pay a bill of that size. Forty percent say it would be not so difficult (14 percent) or not difficult at all (26 percent).

"With COVID-19 upending life in the U.S. for almost an entire year, the financial toll of the pandemic shows no escape for a majority of American families. For 3 in 10 Americans, paying an unexpected bill of $1,000 right now would be very difficult," added Snow.

ECONOMY

Seventy-one percent of Americans rate the economy as not so good (44 percent) or poor (27 percent). Twenty-six percent rate it as excellent (3 percent) or good (23 percent).

Asked what they think is the best indicator in regard to how well the country's economy is doing, 59 percent said the unemployment rate, 11 percent said the stock market, 9 percent said home values, 9 percent did not offer an opinion, 7 percent said something else and 6 percent said retirement savings.

SUPER BOWL

A little more than half of Americans (53 percent) plan to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday while 42 percent say they'll pass on watching it this year.

Among those who plan to watch, 7 out of 10 say they'll do so with fewer people this year, but 29 percent say they're not likely to watch with fewer people than in previous years.

Neither team can claim to be America's favorite. The Kansas City Chiefs have a razor thin lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 25 - 21 percent, among Americans. Forty-nine percent say they don't care which team wins.

1,075 U.S. adults nationwide were surveyed from January 28th - February 1st with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

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11. Is your opinion of Anthony Fauci favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            53%    24%    80%    52%    49%    57%    69%    37%
Unfavorable          23     41      4     25     26     21     24     34
Hvn't hrd enough     22     34     14     22     24     20      5     27
REFUSED               2      1      1      1      1      2      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Favorable            45%    57%    51%    58%    40%    57%    49%    60%
Unfavorable          21     23     28     26     32     29     31     12
Hvn't hrd enough     34     19     20     14     26     12     19     28
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      2      2      -
 
 
22. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Excellent             3%     6%     3%     1%     2%     3%     2%     4%
Good                 23     24     21     23     24     22     26     27
Not so good          44     38     52     47     43     46     44     39
Poor                 27     30     23     27     28     27     27     28
DK/NA                 3      2      2      2      3      2      2      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Excellent             2%     4%     3%     3%     4%     3%     3%     2%
Good                 19     24     26     25     31     22     26     18
Not so good          48     42     42     45     37     45     41     52
Poor                 29     29     28     26     26     28     27     27
DK/NA                 3      1      1      2      3      1      2      2
 
                     REGION...................   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Excellent             2%     2%     4%     1%     1%     5%     3%     4%
Good                 20     30     22     20     18     20     29     29
Not so good          44     46     46     40     44     45     45     45
Poor                 33     21     23     36     35     29     22     21
DK/NA                 1      1      4      3      2      1      2      1
 
 
23. What do you think is the best indicator with regard to how well the country's economy is doing: the stock market, the unemployment rate, your retirement savings, or home values?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Stock market         11%    20%     7%    10%    13%     8%     9%    17%
Unemployment rate    59     49     62     62     55     62     69     51
Retirement savings    6      5      5      6      5      6      5      5
Home values           9     14      7      8     10      8      7     12
SOMETHING ELSE(VOL)   7      2      9      9      8      7      6      7
DK/NA                 9      9     10      5      9      8      4      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Stock market         15%    10%     9%    12%    16%    12%    14%     6%
Unemployment rate    49     68     68     53     52     63     58     63
Retirement savings    2      5      8      9      6      4      5      7
Home values          11      9      8     10     12      8     10      9
SOMETHING ELSE(VOL)  10      6      4      7      6      7      6      7
DK/NA                13      4      4     10      9      5      7      8
 
                     REGION...................   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Stock market         14%    14%    10%     8%     8%    14%    11%    11%
Unemployment rate    56     51     60     65     53     55     61     71
Retirement savings    4      7      6      4      7     10      2      6
Home values          10     10      9      8     12     10     11      5
SOMETHING ELSE(VOL)   8      7      6      9      9      2      8      6
DK/NA                 8     12      9      6     11      9      6      2
 
 
24. How difficult would it be for you to pay an unexpected bill of one thousand dollars right away: very difficult, somewhat difficult, not so difficult, or not difficult at all?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very difficult       31%    34%    24%    33%    31%    31%    10%    33%
Somewhat difficult   28     32     33     22     25     30     27     27
Not so difficult     14     12     16     16     15     13     19     13
Not difficult at all 26     22     26     28     28     24     43     25
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very difficult       40%    26%    33%    21%    24%    26%    25%    41%
Somewhat difficult   29     31     29     24     22     32     27     30
Not so difficult     10     16     14     16     18     13     15     11
Not difficult at all 20     27     23     39     35     29     32     18
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     REGION...................   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Very difficult       19%    30%    38%    30%    59%    38%    18%     8%
Somewhat difficult   31     27     26     30     27     33     35     17
Not so difficult     17     14     12     15      4     14     19     21
Not difficult at all 33     28     22     24     10     15     27     54
DK/NA                 1      -      2      2      -      -      1      -
 
 
38. How often would you say you wear a mask when you go out in public where six feet of social distancing can't always be maintained: all the time, most of the time, sometimes, hardly ever, or never?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
All the time         75%    63%    90%    76%    65%    85%    83%    64%
Most of the time     12     18      7     12     17      8     10     17
Sometimes             4      8      -      5      7      1      4      5
Hardly ever           4      9      -      5      5      3      2      9
Never                 3      2      2      2      6      -      1      5
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      -      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
All the time         70%    75%    77%    81%    59%    82%    71%    83%
Most of the time     13     13     12     12     19     10     15     10
Sometimes             6      3      4      3      7      2      5      3
Hardly ever           6      5      3      2      7      5      6      1
Never                 4      4      3      1      6      -      3      3
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      1      1      1      -
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
All the time         81%    70%    73%    79%    84%    77%    63%
Most of the time     11     16     12     12      6     15     17
Sometimes             5      4      5      2      3      5      6
Hardly ever           3      6      3      5      4      3      7
Never                 -      3      4      3      2      1      7
DK/NA                 -      -      2      -      1      -      1
 
 
39. Compared to a few months ago, are you wearing a mask when you go out in public more often, less often, or about as often?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More often           25%    24%    28%    25%    25%    25%    13%    24%
Less often            7     11      3      6      9      5      5      9
About as often       66     64     66     69     64     68     81     65
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      2      2      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
More often           19%    21%    29%    30%    21%    19%    20%    34%
Less often           12      9      5      2     11      3      7      7
About as often       68     69     65     64     66     75     71     59
DK/NA                 1      1      1      4      2      2      2      1
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
More often           16%    23%    28%    30%    27%    22%    26%
Less often            5      6      8      7      7      7      7
About as often       77     71     61     62     65     70     65
DK/NA                 2      1      4      1      1      1      3
 
 
39a. (If more often q39) Was President Biden's urging all Americans to wear a mask in public for the next three months a major reason for why you are wearing a mask more often, a minor reason, or not a reason at all?
                     ADULTS..................
                     WEAR MASK MORE OFTEN Q39
                                      
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Major reason         29%    23%    34%
Minor reason         11     11     10 
Not a reason at all  58     64     52 
DK/NA                 2      1      4 
 
 
40. Are you willing to get a COVID-19 vaccine, or not?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Willing          59%    41%    76%    61%    56%    62%    74%    52%
No                   30     45     13     30     35     24     16     36
ALREADY GOT IT(VOL)   7      8      7      5      5      8      8      7
DK/NA                 5      6      3      4      4      6      2      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Willing          54%    57%    63%    66%    57%    63%    60%    60%
No                   42     33     30     13     35     23     29     32
ALREADY GOT IT(VOL)   2      6      3     16      5     10      7      4
DK/NA                 3      5      4      5      3      4      4      4
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Yes/Willing          57%    65%    55%    62%    63%    68%    47%
No                   32     27     30     29     29     22     39
ALREADY GOT IT(VOL)   6      7      8      4      4      7      8
DK/NA                 5      1      7      4      4      3      6
 
 
40a. (If no q40) Which is a bigger reason for you for not getting a COVID-19 vaccine: you have concerns about vaccines in general or you have concerns about the safety of a COVID-19 vaccine?
                     ADULTS............
                     NO/NOT WILLING Q40
                     Tot
 
General vaccine
 concerns            28%
Covid-19 vaccine
 safety concerns     65 
DK/NA                 7 
 
 
41. At this time, how confident are you in the federal government's ability to oversee the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines: very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident, or not confident at all?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very confident       21%     7%    33%    20%    18%    24%    20%    19%
Somewhat confident   45     46     55     41     41     49     51     42
Not so confident     17     20      8     23     19     15     17     20
Not confident at all 14     25      3     13     19      9     11     17
DK/NA                 3      2      -      2      3      3      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very confident       17%    20%    23%    25%    16%    22%    19%    24%
Somewhat confident   46     47     42     47     42     48     45     46
Not so confident     19     16     20     15     20     17     19     16
Not confident at all 15     16     14     11     19     11     15     12
DK/NA                 3      1      1      1      3      1      2      1
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Very confident       17%    21%    24%    19%    23%    24%    16%
Somewhat confident   50     43     41     50     51     46     38
Not so confident     15     22     16     17     16     16     20
Not confident at all 18     12     14     12      9     11     23
DK/NA                 1      3      5      2      1      3      2
 
 
42. As you may know, President Biden has pledged that there will be enough vaccines for 300 million Americans by the end of the summer. Do you believe that President Biden will be able to do this, or don't you think so?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Believe          57%    39%    79%    55%    52%    61%    64%    51%
No                   34     54     16     35     40     28     31     40
DK/NA                 9      7      6     11      7     10      5      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/Believe          56%    59%    60%    58%    49%    61%    56%    64%
No                   38     35     32     34     43     32     37     30
DK/NA                 7      6      7      9      8      7      7      6
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Yes/Believe          58%    59%    53%    60%    63%    64%    45%
No                   38     35     33     32     29     30     45
DK/NA                 3      7     13      8      8      6      9
 
 
43. How concerned are you that the new strains of COVID-19 will make the coronavirus pandemic in the United States worse: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned, or not concerned at all?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very concerned       34%    27%    45%    29%    26%    41%    32%    26%
Somewhat concerned   38     33     43     42     37     40     43     40
Not so concerned     13     18      6     13     16     10     13     16
Not concerned at all 14     21      4     15     21      7     11     18
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      2      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very concerned       29%    30%    38%    37%    21%    35%    28%    42%
Somewhat concerned   31     42     40     42     37     45     41     36
Not so concerned     18     10     11     11     17     12     15      8
Not concerned at all 20     17     12      7     24      7     15     12
DK/NA                 2      2      -      2      1      1      1      2
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Very concerned       38%    28%    36%    31%    38%    33%    28%
Somewhat concerned   38     44     35     38     41     42     34
Not so concerned      9     14     14     13      9     11     18
Not concerned at all 13     13     12     18     11     13     19
DK/NA                 2      1      3      -      2      1      1
 
 
44. Has the coronavirus pandemic caused any financial struggles for you or anyone in your immediate family, or not?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  58%    57%    56%    58%    58%    57%    48%    60%
No                   42     43     44     42     42     41     52     39
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      -      1      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes                  66%    56%    66%    46%    52%    58%    55%    64%
No                   34     44     34     54     47     41     44     36
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      -      -      -      -
 
                     REGION...................   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  54%    55%    59%    61%    66%    72%    52%    47%
No                   46     45     40     38     34     27     47     53
DK/NA                 -      -      2      1      -      -      -      -
 
 
45. Is the coronavirus pandemic harming the mental health of you or someone in your family, or not?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  51%    43%    54%    55%    43%    58%    57%    47%
No                   48     56     45     44     56     40     42     52
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes                  55%    56%    54%    37%    43%    59%    51%    52%
No                   45     43     45     62     56     41     48     48
DK/NA                 -      1      -      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Yes                  53%    51%    45%    59%    53%    51%    51%
No                   46     48     52     41     47     49     48
DK/NA                 1      1      2      -      1      -      1
 
 
54. Which team do you want to win the Super Bowl: the Kansas City Chiefs, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or don't you care who wins the Super Bowl?
                     ADULTS...................................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............    Watching
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Game q55
 
Chiefs               25%    29%    22%    27%    27%    26%    23%    37%
Buccaneers           21     24     18     21     19     25     24     32
Don't care           49     45     54     46     52     47     52     27
DK/NA                 4      2      6      6      2      2      1      3
 
                     REGION...................
                     NEast  MWest  South  West
 
Chiefs               23%    34%    24%    20%
Buccaneers           23     17     27     13
Don't care           47     47     44     62
DK/NA                 6      2      4      5
 
                     HAVE TEAM PREFERENCE Q54.....
                                          Watching
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Game q55
 
Chiefs               55%    54%    55%    54%
Buccaneers           45     46     45     46
 
 
55. Do you plan to watch the Super Bowl, or not?
                     ADULTS.......................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  53%    57%    49%    58%    53%    55%    51%
No                   42     40     44     38     44     43     45 
DK/NA                 5      3      6      4      3      2      4 
 
                     REGION...................
                     NEast  MWest  South  West
 
Yes                  61%    57%    51%    47%
No                   36     40     44     47
DK/NA                 3      3      5      6
 
                     HAVE TEAM PREFERENCE Q54
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  80%    81%    78%
No                   18     18     19 
DK/NA                 2      1      3 
 
 
55a. (If yes q55) Are you likely to watch the Super Bowl with fewer people this year than in previous years, or not?
                     ADULTS.................................................
                     YES/WATCH SUPER BOWL Q55...............................
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  70%    51%    87%    70%    65%    75%    69%    59%
No                   29     48     11     29     34     23     30     39
DK/NA                 1      -      2      2      1      2      2      2
 
                     WHITE.....
                     Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes                  60%    66%    63%    80%
No                   39     32     36     19
DK/NA                 2      2      2      -