28% Believe Worst of the Pandemic is Behind Us

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters now believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 42% believe the worst is yet to come.

Those numbers are little changed from mid-September and from two months ago.

Confidence that the worst of the pandemic had come and gone soared with the rollout of the vaccines at the beginning of 2020. Confidence peaked at the end of May when 56% voice such optimism.

For most of the pandemic, there were vast partisan differences in terms of optimism. That gap has now largely disappeared. Thirty-two percent (32%) of Republicans now believe the worst is behind us. So do 29% of Democrats and 25% of Independents.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 30-October 2, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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