One in four Americans say there is currently a COVID-19 pandemic

Taylor OrthDirector of Survey Data Journalism
Carl BialikU.S. Politics Editor and Vice President of Data Science
July 27, 2023, 8:06 PM GMT+0

New polling from the Economist/YouGov finds that about one-third of Americans (35%) report having personally tested positive for COVID-19 at some point, including 12% who have tested positive more than once.

A total of 8% say they've had long COVID — which includes a range of symptoms that last weeks or months after first being infected. One in three (32%) either say they have had it or know a family member or close friend who has experienced long COVID. While most COVID experiences have been moderate or mild, 12% of those who have tested positive for COVID say their first infection was severe.

One-quarter of Americans (26%) say the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, but 63% view it as over. One in 10 (11%) say there never was a COVID-19 pandemic, including 2% of Democrats and 22% of Republicans.

One-quarter of Americans (24%) say they never received even one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine — including 10% of Democrats and 32% of Republicans. Among people who are unvaccinated, 26% say there never was a COVID-19 pandemic — including 38% of unvaccinated Republicans. Vaccinated people are more likely than people who have never received a COVID-19 shot to say the pandemic is over (66% vs. 58%).

See the toplines and crosstabs from the Economist/YouGov poll conducted on July 22 - 25, 2023 among 1,500 U.S. adult citizens.

Methodology: Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel using sample matching. A random sample (stratified by gender, age, race, education, geographic region, and voter registration) was selected from the 2019 American Community Survey. The sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, education, 2020 election turnout and presidential vote, baseline party identification, and current voter registration status. Demographic weighting targets come from the 2019 American Community Survey. Baseline party identification is the respondent’s most recent answer given prior to November 1, 2022, and is weighted to the estimated distribution at that time (33% Democratic, 31% Republican). The margin of error for the overall sample is approximately 3%.

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