Poll: 68 percent concerned about omicron variant

A majority of voters are concerned about the omicron COVID-19 variant, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Sixty-eight percent of registered voters in the Nov. 29-30 survey said they are either very or somewhat concerned.

By contrast, 32 percent of respondents said they are not very or not at all concerned about the new strain.

Eighty-five percent of Democrats, 64 percent of independents, and 54 percent of Republicans said they are concerned about the new COVID-19 variant. 

The survey also found 36 percent of respondents said they've seen, read, or heard a moderate amount about the new strain while 32 percent said only a little bit and 23 percent said a great deal.

By contrast, 10 percent said they have seen, read, or heard nothing at all about the variant.

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated B.1.1.529 a variant of concern before giving it the name omicron.

President BidenJoe BidenNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Clyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes Overnight Defense & National Security — US delivers written response to Russia MORE on Monday addressed the nation urging caution, not panic, when it comes to the new COVID-19 strain, saying Americans getting vaccinated and getting their booster shots is the best defense against the virus.

The omicron variant has been detected in several countries but has not yet been detected in the U.S., though, Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFans attending Super Bowl LVI to be given KN95 masks The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Breaking: Justice Breyer to retire Serena Williams, Fauci among 'Portrait of a Nation' honorees MORE told ABC's George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosAlec Baldwin turns over cell phone in 'Rust' probe How a nice-guy South Dakota senator fell into a Trump storm GOP senator says he would 'take a hard look' at another Trump run MORE on Sunday it will "inevitably" be spotted stateside.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 924 registered voters between Nov. 29 and 30. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points. 

Gabriela Schulte