Report “Trust in UK government and news media COVID-19 information down, concerns over misinformation from government and politicians up”
Year of production: 2020
The report examines people’s attitudes towards how news organisations, government and other institutions are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in the UK based on a survey fielded from 21 May to 27 May, with a focus on changes since the first wave of survey, rolled from 10 April to 14 April. Among its highlights:
- trust in the UK government as a source of information about coronavirus has declined substantially since April 2020.
- the decline in trust in the UK government has happened across the political spectrum
- there is a significant increase in the percentage of people who say they are concerned about false or misleading information about coronavirus from the UK government and from politicians
- the percentage of people who say that the UK government is doing a good job responding to the coronavirus crisis is down 21 percentage points since April.
The report is the fourth in a series of ten Factsheets included in the UK COVID-19 news and information project that analyses how the British public navigates information and misinformation about coronavirus and about how the government and other institutions are responding to the pandemic.