America's level of worry about COVID-19 is at its lowest point to date

Linley SandersSenior Data Journalist
June 02, 2021, 5:00 PM UTC

Americans’ concern about COVID-19 has dropped significantly over the last year as vaccinations increase and positive cases in the United States drop to their lowest rates since widespread testing began.

A Yahoo News/YouGov poll conducted May 24 - 26 finds that half of Americans (51%) are very or somewhat worried about the coronavirus, an 18-point drop compared to November of last year (69%). About half of Americans (49%) say they are not very worried or not worried at all about COVID-19 today, compared to 31% who said the same in late 2020.

Most Americans (58%) now believe the worst of the pandemic is already behind us, a slight increase from 54% two weeks ago. Republicans (74%) are much more likely than Democrats (56%) to say the worst of the pandemic is behind the United States. Two-thirds of fully vaccinated Americans (65%) believe that the worst is over, a similar number to those who refuse to get vaccinated (63%). 

Americans’ perception of the coronavirus pandemic as a "very big problem" has also dropped significantly compared to last summer (from 61% to 32%). Currently, violent crime (49%), race relations (41%), political correctness (39%), and the economy (39%) are perceived as bigger problems than the coronavirus pandemic. 

See the toplines and crosstabs from this Yahoo News/YouGov poll 

Methodology: The Yahoo! News survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,588 U.S. adults interviewed online between May 24 - 26, 2021. This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, as well as 2020 Presidential vote (or non-vote), and voter registration status. 

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