54% Want to Balance COVID Concerns with Social, Lifestyle, and Economic Concerns; 34% Want to Focus on Stopping COVID at All Costs


When fighting the COVID pandemic, 54% of voters believe the focus should be on balancing health care concerns with social, lifestyle, and economic concerns. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 34% disagree and believe it is more important to stop COVID at all costs.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of Republicans believe a balanced approach is best. Independent voters, by a 49% to 35% margin, tend to agree. Democrats are evenly divided.

The survey also found that 30% of voters now believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us while 39% believe it is still to come.

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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.

Question 1:

Which of the following best describes your reaction to taking the COVID vaccine?

66%    I have already been vaccinated.

3%    I want to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

6%    I want to wait and see how it works before getting vaccinated.

9%    I’m in no particular rush to get vaccinated.

13%    I will never get vaccinated.

3%    Not sure

Question 2:

Is the worst of the pandemic behind us, or is it still to come?

30%    Behind us

39%    Still to come

30%    Not sure

Question 3:

Is it more important to stop COVID at all costs or to balance health care concerns with social, lifestyle, and economic concerns?

34%    Stop COVID at all costs

54%    Balance concerns

12%    Not sure


The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on January 3-4, 2022. 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.