Eleven percent of Americans plan to never return to pre-coronavirus activities

The majority of Americans are familiar with the updated mask usage and social distancing guidelines published by the CDC, over half say they are not planning to quickly return to pre-coronavirus activities

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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, May 19, 2021 - Following the CDC’s May 13th announcement regarding updated mask usage and social distancing guidelines, an Ipsos poll for Reuters found that about three-quarters of respondents are familiar with the new rules, with 93% being at least aware of them. Seventeen percent of Americans say they are planning to quickly return to pre-coronavirus activities as a result of the CDC’s guidance change. However, fifty-five percent say they are not planning to quickly return to pre-coronavirus activities including 11% who say they will never return to pre-coronavirus activities. Fifty-two percent of Democrats and 51% of independents plan to wait a while before going back to normal. Those living in an urban area are also more likely to say they will wait a while before going back to normal (49%), compared to 36% among those living in rural areas. Finally, Republicans are more likely to say they have already started doing most of their pre-coronavirus activities (42%).

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between May 14-17, 2021. For this survey, a sample of 1,005 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 440 Democrats, 371 Republicans, and 110 independents. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. The poll also has a credibility interval of ± 5.3 percentage points for Democrats, ± 5.8 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 10.7 percentage points for independents.  

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Chris Jackson
Senior Vice President, US
Public Affairs
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Kate Silverstein
Media Relations, US
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The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs

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