Category: Media Ecosystem Observatory

All in this together: deservingness of government aid during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on governments to engage in widespread cash transfers directly to citizens to help mitigate economic losses. These programs are major redistribution efforts aimed at a variety of sub-groups within society (the unemployed, those with children, those with pre-existing health conditions, etc.) and there has been remarkably little resistance to these government outlays. We...

La pandémie de COVID-19 unit les Canadienscomme aucun autre événement depuis desdécennies

L’attitude des Canadiens tranche avec la partisanerie politique observée aux États-Unis La pandémie de COVID-19 unit les Canadienscomme aucun autre événement depuis desdécenniesL’attitude des Canadiens tranche avec la partisanerie politique observée aux États-UnisUne nouvelle étude produite par des chercheurs de l’UniversitéMcGill et de l’Université de Toronto met en lumière un ample consensus, toutes allégeances confondues, dans lalutte contre la COVID-19...

Anti-intellectualism and Information Preferences during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic necessitates widespread voluntary and sustained public compliance with expert-guided public health directives, like social or physical distancing. Understanding which citizens seek out and engage with expert messages regarding COVID-19 is thus of central importance. Anti-intellectualism – the generalized distrust of experts and intellectuals – is likely to be a dominant factor. This note presents the results of...