Back to Normal

About a month into the coronavirus crisis, a guest entered the White House West Wing reception area for an appointment with then-top aide Jared Kushner. When he appeared, the man put out his hand to shake, but Kushner offered his elbow instead.

Some 16 months later and as the crisis has eased, people still don’t know how to greet each other.

The latest “Back To Normal” Barometer research shows that many people aren’t ready to shake hands. Get more insights from the research here.

More than the average American, sports fans are itching to get back into stadiums this spring. Read more from the latest Back To Normal Barometer in this article from Paul Bedard in The Washington Examiner.

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America has a new divide — those vaccinated versus those not. Read more from the latest Back To Normal Barometer in this article from Paul Bedard in The Washington Examiner.

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Just half of the nation is planning to get the coronavirus vaccine, a surprising slap to the White House that has spent weeks urging the nation to get stuck.

Just 50% said that they would get the vaccine, with the others citing concerns about the safety and effectiveness of the choices being pushed by Washington and state capitals.

The data are in the latest edition of the COVID-era “Back-to-Normal Barometer” survey, a series of 18 polls charting the nation’s readiness to return to pre-virus normality.

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Retailers and businesses all across the nation –  from high-end designers on Fifth Avenue to small neighborhood stores – are bracing for civil unrest around the 2020 Presidential Election. Read more for insights from the latest Back To Normal Barometer in this article from The Independent.

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Americans are making another run on grocery stores, stockpiling essential goods like they did when the pandemic began, but this time with the added anxiety of a volatile election.  Get more, including insights from the Back To Normal Barometer, in this article from The Hill.

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In the final frenzied days before the U.S. election, many voters are nervous about the risk of violence and whether the results will be considered legitimate. Get insights from the latest Back To Normal Barometer, and find out more about how a diverse group of civil society organizations is restoring trust in the process, in this commentary from The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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Some shoppers are reporting seeing a shortage of toilet paper again. There are concerns people may be hoarding supplies because of another coronavirus resurgence and the uncertainty of the upcoming election.  Get the latest Back To Normal Barometer insights in this article from CBS.

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On Oct. 2, the number of COVID-19 cases in the USA was its highest in almost two months. And as a result, citizens across the country fear a resurgent pandemic, which could lead to disruptions such as new restrictions on businesses.  Get the latest from The Back To Normal Barometer in this USA Today article.

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As the 2020 Presidential election draws closer, polls are reporting deep divides and fears of civil unrest over the outcome.  The latest Back To Normal Barometer found that some believe a civil war could be on the horizon.  Read more in this article from USA Today.

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