Some vaccinated Americans remain very hesitant about resuming normal social routines. Fifty-nine percent (59%) believe their reluctance to re-engage in somewhat normal activities is hurting the economy. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 21% disagree and 20% are not sure.
Additionally, 49% believe that President Biden and other leaders should encourage vaccinated Americans to resume a normal social routine more fully. On that question, 30% disagree and 21% are not sure.
Republicans, by a 3-to-1 margin, believe national leaders should encourage the vaccinated but hesitant to re-engage socially. Independents, by a 46% to 34% margin, tend to agree. Democrats are evenly divided.
The survey also found that 47% are more worried about governments imposing unnecessary restrictions and lockdowns than they are about getting COVID. Forty-three percent (43%) are more worried about getting COVID.
Most Republicans and Independents are more worried about restrictions and lockdowns. Most Democrats are more worried about getting COVID.
Finally, just 26% of voters favor reimposing stricter lockdowns. Thirty-four percent (34%) think governments in their area should be easing lockdowns while 32% don’t believe any changes are needed.
Those who have already been vaccinated are evenly divided between easing or reimposing lockdowns. A solid plurality of those who are not yet vaccinated favor easing restrictions.
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Thinking about the situation where you live, should the government be easing lockdowns or reimposing stricter lockdowns?
34% Easing lockdowns
26% Reimposing stricter lockdowns
32% No changes at this time
8% Not sure
Some vaccinated Americans remain very hesitant about resuming normal social routines. Does their reluctance to re-engage in somewhat normal activities hurt the economy?
20% Not sure
Should President Biden and other leaders encourage vaccinated Americans to resume a normal social routine more fully?
21% Not sure
Looking ahead, what worries you more: getting COVID or governments imposing unnecessary restrictions and lockdowns?
43% Getting COVID
47% Restrictions and lockdowns
9% Not sure
The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on December 21-22, 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.