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Majority expects coronavirus disruptions to linger into second half of 2021: poll

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A majority of Americans expect coronavirus disruptions to linger into the second half of 2021, according to a Gallup poll released on Wednesday.

The survey found that 53 percent of adults expect disruptions due to COVID-19 to continue past the middle of 2021, up from 33 percent who said the same in mid-December.

Thirty-seven percent of the public now say that the disruptions will only occur through the first half of 2021, compared to 8 percent who think they’ll only occur for a few more months.

Gallup noted that it’s survey, conducted from Jan. 25 to 31, came as the federal government’s coronavirus vaccine rollout has been criticized for being slow and as new variants of the disease emerge. 

The survey also came just days after President Biden was sworn into office on Jan. 20.

Since then, Biden and his administration have taken steps that they believe will increase Americans’ access to the coronavirus vaccine such as setting up mass vaccination sites and buying additional doses of the inoculations. 

Sixty-eight percent of those who are “very dissatisfied” with the vaccine rollout said disruptions would last past mid-2021, compared to 42 percent of those who say they are “very satisfied” with vaccination efforts.

However, only 39 percent of Americans say the COVID-19 situation is worsening, a substantial drop from 63 percent in December. Gallup said a decrease in COVID-19 infections in between late December and late January likely contributed to an increase in optimism.

Meanwhile, 69 percent of Americans say they have experienced either a “great deal” or “fair amount” of disruption in their lives due to the pandemic, representing little change from June, when 65 percent of Americans said the same.

The results come as Americans remain optimistic for a sense of normalcy after the pandemic altered most people’s way of life for the past year.

Biden said during his CNN town hall on Tuesday that he thinks the country will be in a “very different circumstance” by Christmas.” 

Gallup surveyed a random sample of 4,098 adults aged 18 and older. The survey has a margin of sampling effort of 2 percentage points.

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