Gallup first asked Americans whether they thought the pandemic was over last June after the vaccine rollout when COVID-19 cases were at their lowest point, and the Delta wave of the virus had not yet hit the U.S. At that time of high optimism, 29% of U.S. adults said the pandemic had ended.
However, belief that the U.S. was past the pandemic sank to roughly 20% in July and December amid the Delta wave. The latest reading is the first of 2022 and is also the highest to date. While 34% of U.S. adults now say the pandemic is over in the U.S., 66% say it is not.
As has been the case since the beginning of the pandemic, Americans’ views of its trajectory diverge sharply along partisan lines. Just as Republicans are much less likely than Democrats to worry they will get COVID-19, they are also much more likely than Democrats to say the pandemic is over in the U.S. — 67% vs. 10% — with 45% of independents saying the same.