Nearly half of Americans don’t expect a return to ‘pre-pandemic normalcy’

Three years into the coronavirus pandemic and deepening authoritarianism around the world, nearly half of American adults (47%) say they don’t expect their lives to “go back to normal.” pre-pandemic normalcy,” according to a Gallup News poll.

This percentage was the same in October 2022 and is down slightly from July and August 2022, when 53% of American adults said they did not expect their lives to go back to how they were before the pandemic. The poll results are based on self-administered online surveys conducted Feb. 21-28 among 5,167 adults. The margin of error is ±2 percentage points at the 95% confidence level:

The share of people who say life is completely back to normal fell from 24% in July and August 2022 to 33% in February 2023. fell slightly over the same period, from 23% to 20%.

The survey found that attitudes related to the pandemic “diverge sharply and mostly out of partisanship”.

“Just as Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to perceive that the pandemic is overthey are also more likely to say their own life is completely back to normal,” according to the survey report.

Half of GOP voters say their lives are back to normal, and 18% say they’re not normal yet but eventually will be. A third (33%) of Republicans say their lives will never return to normal, compared to 53% of Democrats who feel the same way. Almost half (49%) of independent voters also say their lives have not returned to their pre-pandemic normalcy.

Gallup also found that perceptions of a return to normalcy “differ significantly” by gender and annual household income.

“The majority of two typically Democratic groups – women and low-income adults – say their lives will never return to normal, while their counterparts are less likely to say the same,” according to the survey report.

More than half (51%) of women say their life has not returned to normal, compared to 42% of men. Those earning less than $36,000 a year are more likely to say their life has not returned to normal (55%), compared to those earning between $36,000 and $90,000 (48%) and 90 $000 or more (43%).


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