Stony Brook, N.Y.: A digital sign directs people to the drive-through coronavirus testing area which began on the main campus of Stony Brook University on March 18, 2020. Those wishing to be tested must first make an appointment. (Photo by John Paraskevas/Newsday RM vis Getty Images)

By more than a 2 to 1 margin, Registered Voters fear the worst is yet to come in terms of the pandemic.  A national survey found that 56% of voters believe we have yet to see the worst, while 22% say the worst is behind us, and 22% say they are unsure.

The poll, conducted by Scott Rasmussen, shows an eight point increase in this measure since the week before the President tested positive for COVID.  Rasmussen has been tracking pandemic fears weekly for several months. During August, optimism was growing on this question. By early September, the number saying the worst was still to come had fallen below the 50% mark and it remained there until the week the President contracted COVID.

Forty-one percent (41%) of Republicans now believe the worst is behind us. However, 74% of Democrats and 58% of Independents believe the worst is still to come.


The survey of 1,500 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from October 15-17, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 102 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement.  Certain quotas were applied to the larger sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population. 

The margin of error for the full sample is +/- 2.5 percentage points.

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