Poll: Americans More Pessimistic About COVID, Trust Biden Less To Handle It

Newly released polling data shows that Americans are becoming more concerned about COVID even as they are less confident in President Joe Biden’s handling of the virus.

Gallup released polling data Thursday showing that 58% of those surveyed say COVID is getting worse.

“With the highly transmissible omicron variant of COVID-19 infecting hundreds of thousands of Americans daily, optimism about the trajectory of the pandemic in the U.S. has fallen sharply, and worry about contracting the virus has risen to its highest level in a year,” Gallup said. “The latest update to Gallup’s COVID-19 data, from a survey conducted Jan. 3-14, finds U.S. adults’ social distancing behaviors have picked up, and the use of masks in public remains high.”

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Biden had better approval ratings on his COVID-19 response last year, but now Quinnipiac has him at only 39% approval for his handling of the pandemic, with 55% disapproving.

“The hopefulness Americans felt last spring after the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines was first dashed over the summer by the delta variant, then recovered briefly as cases subsided, and is now being crushed by omicron,” Gallup said. “Along with the 20% of U.S. adults who currently say the pandemic is improving, 22% think it is staying the same and 58% believe it is worsening.”

On top of that, more Americans are worried about personally catching the virus.

“As was the case last July, when delta infections began to surge, Americans’ worry about contracting the virus is now on the rise,” Gallup said. “Worry has jumped 12 points to 50% since the previous reading in late November/early December and is now the highest it has been since last winter, before COVID-19 vaccines were readily available to the general public.”

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