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People are feeling more calm today than they felt in the beginning of January, an Insider poll found on Tuesday.
The year 2021 was off to a rocky start, with the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol building happening on the first Wednesday of the year and the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump on the following Wednesday.
Both historic events happened in the wake of a disastrous COVID-19 vaccine rollout that began in mid-December of last year.
Now approaching the end of February, people said they are feeling better. In a survey with 1,154 respondents conducted by Insider, at least 36% of respondents said they felt more or much more calm today than they did in January.
Nearly 31% said they were about as calm, and nearly 28% of respondents said they were feeling less or much less calm today.
The US has had some monumental changes since the beginning of the year, mainly the change in administration after President Joe Biden was inaugurated on January 20. The Biden administration also purchased 200 million additional doses of coronavirus vaccines, bringing the total to 600 million doses — enough to vaccinate most Americans.
The group who said they were more calm since January leaned more Democratic than Republican, the survey found.
Nearly 54% of respondents who said they were more calm today said they would probably participate in the Democratic primary or caucus, compared to 23.7% of respondents in the group who said they would probably participate in the Republican primary or caucus.
Of those who said they were less calm today than in January, more than 41% of respondents said they would probably participate in the Republican primary or caucus, while 17.4 % said they would probably participate in their state’s Democratic primary or caucus.
SurveyMonkey Audience polls from a national sample balanced by census data of age and gender. Respondents are incentivized to complete surveys through charitable contributions. Generally speaking, digital polling tends to skew toward people with access to the internet. SurveyMonkey Audience doesn’t try to weight its sample based on race or income. Polling data collected 1,154 respondents February 22, 2021 with a 3 percentage point margin of error.