About 8 in 10 Adults Say Normal Life Will Look Different Going Forward
As the Biden Administration this week released a new COVID-19 strategy aimed at helping people return to their normal lives, our new Vaccine Monitor report reveals that the public widely believes the pandemic has changed what normal will look like.
About 8 in 10 adults (78%) say that normal life will look different going forward, while 21% say it will mean going back to the way things were before the pandemic. While Republicans, Democrats, vaccinated adults, and unvaccinated adults have had starkly different views of the pandemic, there is broad agreement on this question across partisans and demographic groups.
When asked in their own words how life will be different, about one in five adults (18%) say they will continue wearing masks, and a similar share (18%) said they will be cautious in their daily lives. About 1 in 10 gave responses related to changing the way we work, social distancing or avoiding crowds. A similar share (9%) say that everything will be different and our new normal is already here.