This from a new poll in which Americans think things will take at least a year to pre-virus normal….
Most in the poll report that they do have some sort or normality…
President Biden gets high marks for increasing the avalulabity of vaccines to the public….
While the poll’s respondents trust President Biden to tell the truth about the virus situation….
The economic fallout from the pandemic is hurting the President especially among Black, Democrats and working Americans…
More Americans also have doubts about vaccines with the increased reports of ‘break-thru’ virus cases among those who have had shots….
Washington, DC, October 26, 2021
The latest Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index finds that while Americans credit the Biden Administration for making COVID-19 vaccines widely available, confidence in its ability to handle the next set of COVID-19 obstacles — convincing vaccine skeptics to get the shot and leading an economic recovery — is waning. At the same time, there is a lack of clarity among Americans regarding the efficacy of the vaccines.
1. Confidence in the presidential administration’s ability to handle COVID is mixed.
- Majorities of Americans have confidence in the Biden administration to make the vaccine widely available (76%) and distribute it quickly (70%) — including to children age 5-11 (64%).
- Just one in five (21%) are confident the administration can convince skeptics to get the vaccine.
- Slightly less than half (44%) are confident it can ensure the economy recovers quickly after the COVID-19 pandemic. This represents an eight-percentage point decrease since late January 2021, shortly after Biden’s inauguration. The steepest declines have come from:
- Black Americans (-23 percentage points)
- Democrats (-15 percentage points) and Independents (-9 percentage points)
- Working Age Americans: those 18-29 (-12 percentage points), 30-49 (-13 percentage points), and 50-64 (-4 percentage points)
3. Employed Americans continue to support workplace vaccine mandates but there’s still no consensus on the appreciate consequences of non-compliance.
- Six in ten support their employer requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 — largely consistent since August.
- Support for firing employees who do not comply remains low (14%). Americans are torn on whether nothing should happen (25%), employers should place them on unpaid leave (23%), or require them to work from home or an alternate location (20%).
In the past week in the U.S. …
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