Luth Research has concluded the eighth week of surveying our panel about the pandemic.

With nearly two months of data in, we are seeing a consistent decline in optimism about when the pandemic will recede: nearly twice as many respondents now think the outbreak will take longer than 6 months to get through than they did in late March. A recurring theme in our open ends is the importance of vaccine development to restoring people’s sense of normalcy.

North Easterners and Southerners are most likely to think the pandemic will recede in 3 months—possibly for quite different reasons, as the former are now on the downside of their first wave while the latter are seeing strong local efforts to reopen stores and restart the economy.

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