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Confidence in the government: a content analysis of reactions to a Reddit post on COVID-19 and public opinions towards the government

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public opinion, government, COVID-19

Abstract (summary)

This study examined public reactions to a Reddit post about a news article that showed a decreasing level of confidence from the public in response to the government’s actions during COVID-19. A content analysis on the 50 best comments from the Reddit post identified four common themes among user comments: a) sarcastic comments, b) explicit comments, c) personal comments, d) past comments. The most prevalent theme was sarcastic comments, which made up 50% of the sample. While the study mainly focused on low confidence levels in the government due to COVID-19, the study also emphasized ways in which political beliefs can have an impact on one’s attitude towards the government.

Publication Information

Sandhu, Karan. "Confidence in the Government: A Content Analysis of Reactions to a Reddit Post on COVID-19 and Public Opinions Towards the Government." Crossing Borders: Student Reflections on Global Social Issues 2(1). doi:10.31542/cb.v2i1.1992


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Student Article




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