Researchers with the University of South Florida have released the results of a nationwide public opinion poll showing that almost two years into the pandemic, Covid-19 and its variants still top the list of American fears.

Dr. Stephen Neely, associate professor of public affairs and coordinator of the Leadership and Public Service program, led the poll for USF. The national survey included a representative sample of 1,000 voter-eligible participants across America that closely align with U.S. Census demographics.

Questions represented various topics surrounding the Covid pandemic and other important public policy issues dominating the national conversation. Neely said this is the fifth Covid-related public policy survey he has led over the last two years, yet he still found some surprising results.

“Really, the motivation is to keep public decision-makers informed about public opinion as it evolves,” said Neely.

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