Americans' outlook on pandemic less negative: Gallup
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Americans are becoming less likely to say that the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. is getting worse and are less worried about falling ill than they were in recent months, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

The poll found that 47 percent of U.S. adults said that the pandemic was "getting worse," down from 61 percent of adults who said the same last month. The statistic also represents the lowest number of Americans to say they thought the outbreak was getting worse since early June.

Just under a third of Americans now say the situation is "getting better," according to Gallup, while 23 percent said it was "staying the same." 

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Fifty-three percent of Americans said they were worried about personally catching the virus, a slight decrease in the number of people who said so in months prior. Between 55 and 59 percent said so since early June, when state restrictions were loosened and there was a surge in new cases in many states.

But despite the newest survey numbers, the majority of respondents are still practicing social distancing guidelines. 

Seventy-three percent of U.S. adults reported practicing social distancing procedures within the last day, and 42 percent said they are isolated from others. The latter figure is down from a high in June, when nearly 50 percent said they were isolated from others.

More than 7 in 10 — 73 percent — are still avoiding public transit, and 55 percent said they were avoiding some stores and restaurants.

Gallup's poll was conducted Aug. 17-30. 2,714 U.S. adults responded, with a margin of error of 4 percentage points.