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Politicians polarize and experts depolarize public support for COVID-19 management policies across countries

Politicians polarize and experts depolarize public support for COVID-19 management policies... SignificancePolitical polarization impeded public support for policies to address the spread of COVID-19, much as polarization hinders responses to other societal challenges. The present cross-country study demonstrates how the cues from political elites and affective polarization are analogous across countries addressing COVID-19. Far from being an outlier, the United States faces polarization challenges similar to those of other countries. Importantly, the results demonstrate that policies to combat public health crises are more supported when proposed by nonpartisan experts and bipartisan coalitions of political leaders. These results provide clear guidance on depolarizing communication strategies to improve global responses to health crises. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Pubmed Central

Politicians polarize and experts depolarize public support for COVID-19 management policies across countries

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Publisher
Pubmed Central
Copyright
Copyright © 2022 the Author(s). Published by PNAS.
ISSN
0027-8424
eISSN
1091-6490
DOI
10.1073/pnas.2117543119
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Abstract

SignificancePolitical polarization impeded public support for policies to address the spread of COVID-19, much as polarization hinders responses to other societal challenges. The present cross-country study demonstrates how the cues from political elites and affective polarization are analogous across countries addressing COVID-19. Far from being an outlier, the United States faces polarization challenges similar to those of other countries. Importantly, the results demonstrate that policies to combat public health crises are more supported when proposed by nonpartisan experts and bipartisan coalitions of political leaders. These results provide clear guidance on depolarizing communication strategies to improve global responses to health crises.

Journal

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of AmericaPubmed Central

Published: Jan 18, 2022

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