Data: Harris Poll; Chart: Axios Visuals
A majority of Americans now, once again, say the worst of the pandemic is yet to come, per new Harris polling provided exclusively to Axios.
Why it matters: We took a brief hiatus from worrying about the pandemic, but the Delta variant and the response to it appear to have sent us back to a dark place.
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What they're saying: “It’s clear we are still far from ‘Mission Accomplished’ on COVID," said Harris Poll CEO John Gerzema.
On June 6th, when vaccines were widely available, more than three-quarters of respondents said they thought that the worst is behind us.
Today only 46% of respondents feel the same way — a drop of 10 points from last week alone.
Reality check: The pessimists are probably right, but Americans won't all feel Delta's effect equally.
The unvaccinated remain at much higher risk of infection and severe disease than people who have received their shots.
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