A majority of Americans believe that it will take at least a year for life to return to the way it was before the coronavirus pandemic, according to the results of a new survey by the Pew Research Center.
Forty-six percent of respondents said they believe that it will be one to two years before the “job situation” in the United States recovers to approximately where it was before the pandemic; 35% said that it will take more than two years, 16% said that it will take six months to a year, and 3% said that it will take fewer than six months.
Those who live in rural areas were slightly more likely than urban or suburban residents to estimate that job recovery will take more than two years. Democrats also were more optimistic than Republicans.
Additionally, 43% of respondents said they believe that it will be one to two years before most businesses, schools, places of worship and other public activities will resume as they were before the COVID-19 outbreak; 34% said that it will take six months to a year, 14% said that it will take more than two years, and 9% said that it will take fewer than six months.
“Upper-income Americans are the most optimistic about when life will return to normal,” according to Pew. Women were somewhat more likely than men to say they believe that it will take more than a year for public activities to resume at pre-pandemic levels. More Black Americans than white, Asian or Hispanic adults said it would take a year or longer.
The survey was conducted March 1 to 7 among U.S. adults. Results were released Thursday.