Majority in U.S. Says Public Health Benefits of COVID-19 Restrictions Worth the Costs, Even as Large Shares Also See Downsides | Pew Research Center

More than a year and a half into the coronavirus outbreak, large shares of Americans continue to see the coronavirus as a major threat to public health and the U.S. economy. And despite widespread vaccination efforts, 54% of U.S. adults say the worst of the outbreak is still to come.

Majority in U.S. Says Public Health Benefits of COVID-19 Restrictions Worth the Costs, Even as Large Shares Also See Downsides | Pew Research Center

Among American religious groups, Catholics are most likely to have received a Covid vaccine, a new Pew Research study has found. The survey of over 10,000 Americans found that 82% of Catholic adults were vaccinated, while only 73% of white Protestants and 73% of those with no religious affiliation. White Evangelicals had the lowest vaccination rate: 57%. The Pew survey found responses divided sharply along partisan political lines, with Democrats far more likely to support vaccination, to be vaccinated, and to endorse Covid restrictions. In response to other questions, a majority of those surveys said that:

  • The Covid lockdown has seriously damaged the economy;
  • There is too much pressure to be vaccinated;
  • We don’t know whether the vaccines may cause health risks;
  • Vaccination should not be required for shopping in stores; and
  • They believe the worst of the epidemic is still to come.

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