Worries about being infected with the virus have fallen among the public. Support for mask mandates is also starting to decline.
To feel safe while in participating in public life, 59% of the public consider it essential to be vaccinated. Most believe the pandemic will end when COVID-19 becomes more like the seasonal flu.
There is growing polarization in confidence in science, with Democrats (64%) more confident than Republicans (34%). This 30-point gap is up from 9 points in 2018.
Americans are more likely to celebrate the holidays this year, but many are finding their gift giving hampered by high prices and supply shortages.
While the pandemic persists, life in religious congregations is showing signs of slowly returning to normal. Twenty-one percent of adults attend weekly religious services in-person, up from 5% in the spring of 2020.