Optimism for a ‘Return to Normal’ and Vaccine Acceptance Increase

Americans seem to be more optimistic about when they believe their lives will “return to normal.”


Our March 8 survey reveals that Americans now expect their lives will “generally return to normal” by the beginning of September 2021. These expectations are an entire month sooner than indicated in our post from February.

In addition to earlier expectations for returning to normalcy, we observed a slight increase among respondents willing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. In our latest poll, 69% of respondents are now willing to get inoculated – an increase of 4%.


The overall willingness to get vaccinated varies appreciably by political party; Democrats are significantly more willing to get a COVID-19 vaccine compared to Independents or Republicans (“strongly agree” or “agree”). Since November 2020, on average, Democrats are 35% more willing to get vaccinated than Republicans and 26% more so than Independents.



Last updated on March 25, 2021. Please check back for updates.

Results based on surveys of 190 respondents from March 6, 2021 through March 8, 2021. All surveys were conducted online from respondents in the United States.


For more information about our survey techniques, click here to visit our Methods page.

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