Gallup Poll: U.S. Adults Report Less Worry, More Happiness Amid Coronavirus Crisis

As many states have begun to reopen their economies and many more are making plans to do so, Americans are reporting improvements in their emotional health. Although the coronavirus crisis persists, less than half of U.S. adults (47%) now say they worried a lot of the previous day — down from 59% in late March/early April, when Gallup recorded an unprecedented increase in self-reported worry.

In addition to the 12-percentage-point drop in worry, boredom has dipped five points, to 41%, and happiness has edged up five points, to 72%. Loneliness has held steady, with about a quarter of Americans continuing to say they experienced it “during a lot of the day yesterday.”

Americans’ Emotions During COVID-19 Crisis
Percentages who experienced the following feelings “during a lot of the day yesterday”
Mar 23-Apr 5 Apr 6-26 Apr 27-May 10
% % %
Happiness 67 69 72
Worry 59 53 47
Boredom 46 45 41
Loneliness 24 26 24

These findings are from an online, probability-based Gallup Panel survey that has tracked Americans’ emotional wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic since March 23. The latest data are from interviews conducted April 27-May 10, as a number of states started lifting stay-at-home orders and business restrictions. Yet, even as many Americans have begun to ease up on social distancing, they still have reservations about how to proceed and will do so only under certain circumstances.

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