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Driving Us Further Apart? The Impact of Social Media on Political Attitudes toward Covid-19 Policies

As European governments cautiously proclaim to have the Covid-19 pandemic under control, debates about policy responses gain momentum. Will Covid-19 engender new political consensus or amplify existing divides? Some people think policies have needlessly hurt the economy and infringed on personal freedoms, while others maintain that governments have responded appropriately and highlight the benefits of an interventionist state. Recognising that an increasing number of Europeans get their news on social media, this project will run a cross-country online experiment to examine how exposure to social media news about Covid-19 policies affects support for them. Social media platforms face increasing scrutiny to avoid exacerbating political divisions; our project contributes crucial knowledge about their effect on political attitudes.

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