Omicron raises worry about COVID but not the precautions, an AP-NORC poll shows
The percentage of people saying they are highly worried is slightly lower than it was in August as the delta variant was taking hold, and still below the level of concern expressed through much of 2020.
As the omicron variant sparks worldwide fears of renewed virus outbreaks, Americans’ worries about infection are again on the rise. But fewer say that they are regularly wearing masks or isolating compared with the beginning of the year.
A new poll conducted by The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that 36% of Americans now say they are very or extremely worried that they or a member of their family will be infected with the virus, up from 25% in late October. Another 31% now say they’re somewhat worried.
The percentage saying they are highly worried is slightly lower now than it was in August, as the delta variant was taking hold, and still below the level of concern Americans expressed through much of 2020 as deaths and case counts varied widely across regions and seasons.