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Partisanship and public opinion of COVID-19: does emphasizing Trump and his administration’s response to the pandemic affect public opinion about the coronavirus?

Spälti, Anna Katharina, Lyons, Benjamin, Mérola, Vittorio, Reifler, Jason, Stedtnitz, Christine ORCID: 0000-0002-1174-3577, Stoeckel, Florian and Szewach, Paula (2021) Partisanship and public opinion of COVID-19: does emphasizing Trump and his administration’s response to the pandemic affect public opinion about the coronavirus? Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 31 (S1). 145 - 154. ISSN 1745-7289

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17457289.2021.1924749

Abstract

Does emphasizing the pandemic as a partisan issue polarize factual beliefs, attitudes, and behavioral intentions concerning the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic? To answer this question, we conducted a preregistered survey experiment with a “questions as treatment” design in late March 2020 with 1587 U.S. respondents recruited via Prime Panel. Respondents were randomly assigned to answer several questions about then-president Donald J. Trump and the coronavirus (including receiving an information cue by evaluating one of Trump’s tweets) either at the beginning of the survey (treated condition) or at the end of the survey (control condition). Receiving these questions at the beginning of the survey had no direct effect on COVID-19 factual beliefs, attitudes, and behavioral intentions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/fbep20
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2022 14:15
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2022 08:30
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/114600

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