More Americans Are Meeting With Friends and Family in Person

We have continuously asked respondents about their behavioral approach to various activities and in-person interactions during the pandemic.


Results from our most recent survey reveal that 73% of respondents are choosing to interact with friends and family in person. This marks a 31% increase since February 2021 when only 44% of respondents were interacting with others in-person. During that same period, we observe a decrease from 53% to 21% of survey respondents who are choosing to isolate – a 32% decline.


Additionally, we asked respondents whether they believe worst of the pandemic is over or still to come. The majority of respondents (62%) believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us, according to the most recent survey data. However, respondents could be growing less optimistic. Since mid-June, we observed a 12% decrease among respondents who believe the worst is over and a 9% increase among respondents who are uncertain about what the future holds.

Last updated on July 20, 2021. Please check back for updates.


Results based on surveys of 238 respondents from July 10, 2021 through July 13, 2021. All surveys were conducted online from respondents in the United States.


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