Much of today’s headlines about the coronavirus in the United States are very hopeful. More than 40 states now say they will meet or exceed President Biden’s May 1 deadline to allow all adults to be vaccinated. Biden is also expected to increase his goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans within his first 100 days to 200 million. And when White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain tweeted a little over two months ago, 8% of those over 65, which account for roughly 80% of COVID deaths, had received their first COVID shot. Now that number exceeds 70%.
At the same time, Americans’ perception of how the US government is handling the pandemic has improved dramatically since the day Biden was inaugurated. According to Civiq’s trendlines, satisfaction with the federal government’s response has increased by 26 points, from just 34% who were mostly / fully satisfied on Jan. 20 to 60% who say so now.