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81% Of Americans Say Life Won't Return To Normal Anytime Soon, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 7 In 10 Say Facebook And Twitter Do More Harm Than Good

More than a year and a half since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, an overwhelming majority of Americans (81 percent) do not expect life to return to normal in the U.S. anytime soon, as 26 percent say life will never return to normal, 32 percent expect it will take more than 1 year for life to return to normal, 23 percent say it will take about a year, 10 percent expect life to return to normal in about 6 months, and 4 percent say a couple of months, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University national poll of adults released today.

As for the mood of the country regarding the situation with COVID-19 in the U.S. right now, Americans were given a number of words and asked whether or not those words described how they are feeling.

Most Americans say they are disappointed (62 percent), followed by hopeful (50 percent), emotionally exhausted (46 percent), worried (43 percent), angry (41 percent), and indifferent (24 percent).

In thinking about their personal lives, more than 4 in 10 Americans (43 percent) say issues involving COVID-19, such as vaccinations or safety protocols, have caused divisions with family or friends, while 56 percent say they have not.

"As COVID-19 was taking the lives of thousands, in American homes, measures to try to control the pandemic were exacting a toll on the personal relationships of more than 4 in 10 Americans," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.


Asked whether the COVID-19 pandemic made you or people you know more likely to look for a new job, roughly 4 in 10 Americans (41 percent) say it did, and 52 percent say it did not.

One group standing out among all categories is younger Americans. Among those 18 to 34 years of age, a majority (63 - 34 percent) say the pandemic did make them or people they know more likely to look for a new job.


More than half of Americans (55 percent) think the nation's economy is getting worse, while 15 percent think it's getting better, and 28 percent think it's staying the same.

Less than one-quarter of Americans (24 percent) rate the economy as excellent (1 percent) or good (23 percent), while 74 percent rate the economy as not so good (37 percent) or poor (37 percent).

This is a decline from just two weeks ago when 29 percent of Americans rated the economy as excellent or good and 69 percent rated it as not so good or poor.

As for next year, half of Americans (50 percent) think the nation's economy will be worse, while 42 percent expect it will be better.

Four in ten Americans (40 percent) say they are worse off financially than they were a year ago, while 36 percent say they are better off, and 21 percent say they are the same.

Roughly two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) are optimistic about their financial future, while 29 percent are pessimistic. When it comes to differences along party lines: Democrats are the most optimistic at 79 - 18 percent, followed by independents at 63 - 32 percent and Republicans at 51 - 43 percent.


With schools in the spotlight during the COVID-19 pandemic, most Americans agree on this: teachers in the United States are underappreciated. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans (77 percent) think teachers in the United States are not appreciated enough, while 18 percent say teachers are appreciated enough.

"Though not wearing scrubs and working in the ER, one could make a valid argument that teachers have been and remain on the front lines of the COVID pandemic. Americans make it very clear they appreciate their dedication," added Malloy.


Americans are split on government regulation of social media companies. Forty-seven percent of Americans think the government needs to be involved in regulating companies like Facebook and Twitter, while 45 percent think that the government does not need to be involved in regulating these companies.

Seven out of ten Americans (70 percent) say social media companies like Facebook and Twitter do more harm than good, while 20 percent say the companies do more good than harm.

When specifically asked to rate Facebook's handling of misinformation on its social media platform, a majority (52 percent) say Facebook is doing a poor job, 27 percent say it is doing a not so good job, 12 percent say Facebook is doing a good job, and 1 percent say the company is doing an excellent job of handling misinformation.

"A sharp slap in the face for Facebook and its social media cohorts. 'You are not helping... you are hurting people,' say Americans. But should the government police the offenders? No consensus on that," added Malloy.

1,342 U.S. adults nationwide were surveyed from October 15th - 18th with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Doug Schwartz, Ph.D. since 1994, conducts independent, non-partisan national and state polls on politics and issues. Surveys adhere to industry best practices and are based on random samples of adults using random digit dialing with live interviewers calling landlines and cell phones.

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