The percentage of Americans following news of the coronavirus outbreak very closely has slipped to its lowest level since the beginning of the pandemic, but the large partisan gap in attention to that news remains, a new Pew Research Center survey has found.

Overall, 31% of adults say they are following news about the pandemic very closely, according to the survey of 12,045 U.S. adults conducted March 8-14, 2021, on the Center’s American Trends Panel, the first time this question was asked during Joe Biden’s presidency. That is down from 37% in a survey conducted in late November.

In late March 2020, during the early stages of the outbreak, over half of all Americans (57%) were following news about the coronavirus very closely – a percentage that marked the high point in public attention.