Trust and cohesion in Britain during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic across place, scale and time

by Dr Fanny Lalot, Ben Davies and Professor Dominic Abrams for the British Academy

Centre for the Study of Group Processes School of Psychology, University of Kent
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This report documents the changes in political trust and community belonging over the course of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. We synthesise available quantitative evidence from 17 surveys involving nearly a quarter million respondents between December 2019 and October 2020. We documented the percentage of respondents that perceived improving or worsening levels of political trust (ie, general political trust, trust in national leadership, and COVID-19 related trust) and community belonging (ie, community connection, perception of unity and division between different groups).

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