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The coronavirus continues to dominate Americans' mentions of the most urgent health problem facing the country, but to a lesser extent than a year ago.

A steady 74% of U.S. adults reported being vaccinated against COVID-19 in October. Meanwhile, younger teens appear to be catching up with older teens in getting the shots.

Americans' outlook for the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. is getting better, as the summer surge brought on by the delta variant has waned in most parts of the country.

A steady 55% of U.S. parents of children under 12 say they would get their child vaccinated against COVID-19.

Thirty-six percent of U.S. workers, up from 29% in September and 9% in July, now say their employer is requiring its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Americans' confidence in the economy continues to weaken, and their mentions of economic issues as the nation's top problem are rising. Meanwhile, a record-high 74% now say it is a good time to find a quality job.

The percentage of U.S. adults who report they are fully or partially vaccinated increased six points over the last month to 75%, including the largest increase in Republicans' vaccination since April.

Over half of parents with children under 12 say they would get their child vaccinated against the coronavirus if such a vaccine were available.

by Jonathan Rothwell, Ph.D. and Dan Witters

Americans' estimates of both the risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19 and the efficacy of the vaccine for the disease vary widely by their political affiliation and vaccination status.

Majorities of U.S. adults are in favor of the main elements of President Joe Biden's plan that requires millions of U.S. workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

In the U.S., 7% of adults report at least one instance in the prior three months when they did not have enough money to pay for prescribed drugs for their household.

by Frank Newport

A slim majority of Americans favor employer vaccine mandates, but President Joe Biden faces challenges in efforts to further increase support.

The percentage of U.S. workers who say their employer is requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 has doubled in the past month.

More Americans now disagree than agree that the CDC has communicated a clear plan about the coronavirus response. Ratings of President Joe Biden and governors are also less positive.

Majorities of Americans now favor requirements for proof of vaccination for business customers and employees.

The percentage of Americans who say the coronavirus situation in the U.S. is getting worse has surged to 68% from 45% in July and 3% in June.

Just under half of U.S. K-12 parents support universal masking in schools for both students and teachers. Significant proportions favor no masking at all.

Americans' satisfaction with the direction of the U.S. has dropped to 23%, while mentions of COVID-19 as the nation's top problem surge.

Two-thirds of U.S. employees have strong opinions on employee vaccination requirements at their workplaces, with slightly more in favor than opposed.

Most U.S. adults who would not agree to be vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to change their mind.