More than two thirds of Americans say ‘it’s time to accept COVID is here to stay and we must get on with our lives’ as cases fall in the US: Poll also finds just 43% of people think Biden has done a good job tackling the pandemic

A majority of Americans now believe it is time to accept that COVID will stick around and we should move on with our lives amid declining COVID cases – as the number of people who think President Joe Biden is doing a good job handling the pandemic continues to decline.

A Monmouth University poll released on Monday found that a whopping 70 percent of Americans agree with the sentiment that ‘COVID is here to stay and we just need to get on with our lives,’ including 78 percent of those who report having had COVID and 65 percent of those who say they have not yet been infected.

Only about a third of the 794 randomly identified Americans surveyed between January 20 and January 24 said they felt the country will get the pandemic under control, and life will return to normal by the end of the year, while 28 percent believe a return to normalcy will never happen.

Meanwhile, just 43 percent of the respondents said Biden has done a good job in handling the pandemic, while 53 percent say he has done a bad job.

That marks the first time since the New Jersey-based university began conducting the monthly survey last year that Biden’s ratings have been underwater. Just one month ago, the university reports, views on the president’s handling of the virus was evenly split, and before that it was consistently positive.

But now COVID cases are continuing to decline throughout the country, and just over half of the respondents supported reinstating mask and social distancing mandates, while less than half of the public supported vaccine mandates.

‘Americans’ worries about COVID haven’t gone away,’ said Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. ‘It seems more to be a realization that we are not going to get this virus under control in a way that we thought was possible just last year.’ 

The poll comes as COVID cases in the United States are continuing to fall, with just 510,871 cases per day reported as of Monday morning, a drop of 28 percent over the week before.

The falling case levels in the U.S. have increased calls to end the remaining pandemic-related measures in the country. States like New York, that were struck hard by the variant early on, are now seeing cases dramatically decline – down more than 50 percent over the last week alone.

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