With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Civis Analytics is conducting ongoing research to study the social, economic and educational impacts of COVID-19 in America. Research is conducted at a national level as well as deep dives in Florida, Texas, Washington, Ohio and New York.
Civis Analytics fielded a survey with 8,611 US respondents on July 22-26, 2021. Below are some key takeaways from this wave’s research.
Nationally, concern about Coronavirus has increased since last month. 30.8% of adults report being ‘very concerned’ about COVID-19, compared to 24.4% in our last wave of research in June. 76.0% of US adults report having heard of Coronavirus variants or strains (e.g. Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta), with 40.5% of those respondents reporting being ‘very concerned’ about the variants.50.9% of US adults report increasing levels of concern in response to news about increasing Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in states like Florida, Texas, California, Arkansas, and Missouri.
30.8% of US adults currently report being ‘very concerned’ about the Coronavirus, with the steady decrease since the start of 2021, slightly reversing course as virus variants and the accompanying surges began in recent weeks.
Nationally, 65.8% of adults report that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a 6.4pp increase since our last wave of research in June (59.4%). 87.5% of US adults who have received at least one dose report having also received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, on par with 87.3% of US adults in June. 62.1% of US adults who’ve received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine report that they would be ‘very likely’ to get a COVID-19 booster shot, assuming the FDA had authorized it.COVID-19 Vaccine
Among US adults who have been vaccinated, 31.7% report that they felt hesitant about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The most common motivators to get the vaccine among those who identified as hesitant are if they knew that it was part of helping end the pandemic (36.9%), if they knew it would help protect them from getting COVID-19 (34.1%), if it was recommended by their physician (27.9%), and if it was recommended by their local health department (27.5%). Among US adults who have not yet been vaccinated, 31.5% of US adults say they are ‘very’ or ‘somewhat likely’ to get vaccinated for COVID-19, while 54.5% say they are ‘very’ or ‘somewhat unlikely’, and 14.0% are not sure.
Some states and jurisdictions have returned to mask mandates and social distancing measures following an increase in COVID-19 cases. 47.7% of US adults report always wearing a mask indoors, and 44.9% report always staying 6 feet apart from others while indoors. Nationally, 37.8% of adults report always staying home and limiting trips to essentials, and 41.3% report only gathering in small groups when socializing. Of US adults who report ‘always’ wearing a mask indoors, 54.2% say they do so because they don’t trust that others are vaccinated or safe to be around unmasked, 49.0% report wanting to help protect others who have health issues or cannot be vaccinated, and 31.8% report it is required in the public places they go to.
You indicated that you always wear a cloth face covering or mask while indoors in public. What best describes why? Select all that apply.
US Margin of Error = 2.1%
Everyone over the age of 12 in all 50 states is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Among US parents, 45.8% of those with children 6 months to 11 years old report being ‘very’ or ‘somewhat likely’ to get those child(ren) vaccinated when it is available. 57.3% of US parents with 12 to 15 year olds report that those child(ren) have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Of US parents with 12 to 15 year olds who haven’t received the vaccine yet, 39.5% say they are ‘very’ or ‘somewhat likely’ to get their child(ren) in that age group vaccinated. 59.1% of US parents with 16 to 18 year olds report that those child(ren) have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Of US parents with 16 to 18 year olds who haven’t received the vaccine yet, 35.8% say they are ‘very’ or ‘somewhat likely’ to get their child(ren) in that age group vaccinated.
63.8% of US adults with child(ren) who are currently enrolled in primary or secondary school report being in favor of schools mandating COVID-19 vaccination for eligible age groups in order to return to in person classes this fall. When asked if their child(ren)’s primary or secondary schools are mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for eligible age groups, 85.2% of parents report that one or more of their child(ren)’s schools are mandating the vaccine. 8.7% of parents report that none of their child(ren)’s schools have a vaccine mandate. Only 6.1% of parents are unsure if their schools have a vaccine mandate, which suggests vaccine mandates have been well-communicated to parents.
American colleges have been divided over whether to require a vaccine for students. Of college students and college students’ parents, 71.7% indicate that they ‘strongly’ or ‘somewhat agree’ that colleges should mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for students prior to enrolling in classes. 49.2% of US college students or parents of college students report that the college they or their child is attending this fall requires that students receive the COVID-19 vaccine, 32.4% report no mandate, and 18.4% are not sure if the vaccine is required.
18.9% of US adults report recently becoming unemployed or furloughed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For US adults who are not currently working, the top reasons reported are not actively seeking employment (27.9%) and being unable to work due to family, medical, or other reasons (25.1%).Rates of remote work among employed US adults haven’t significantly changed since June, with 18.7% of US adults reporting they have not worked alongside others outside the home in the last two weeks, compared to 20.4%in June. 61.1% of US adults report ‘somewhat’ or ‘strongly’ agreeing that employers should mandate the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for employees returning to in-person work.
US adults are divided on the steps their state has taken with regard to reopening and lifting restrictions. 30.2% think the steps their state has taken have been appropriate,, 21.7% think the steps have been okay but are too premature, 18.7% think the state should not be reopening or lifting restrictions yet, and 18.0% wish their state would take even more steps to reopen.
With regard to the global state of the pandemic, 39.0% of US adults say they are ‘very concerned’ about the current situation in other countries. Adults in the US support vaccine sharing, with 73.4% ‘strongly’ or ‘somewhat’ agreeing that the United States should be sharing its vaccines with other countries and 74.7% ‘strongly’ or ‘somewhat’ agreeing that all countries should be sharing their vaccines with others.
Which statement best reflects your feelings about openings, lifting restrictions, and other steps that <my state> has taken?
US Margin of Error = 1.5%
Responses were gathered through online web panels, quality screened, and weighted to accurately reflect the entire adult population of the US. Questions were fielded July 22–26, 2021 (8,611 respondents).
Deep dive analysis is available at a national level and starting in Wave 4, for certain states.
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This data has been shared with the Understanding Coronavirus in America Study led by the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research.