Maintaining Trust during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dimokritos Kavadias, Arnstein Aassve, Tommaso Capezzone, Mathis Saeys, Daphne Ahrendt, Michele Consolini

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The report examines how citizens’ trust in institutions – including national governments, the EU, science and the media – evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021. The role of the media is analysed, in particular the relationship between the use of social media and trust and the impact of misinformation (incorrect or misleading information) and disinformation (deliberately deceptive information) during the crisis period. Based on an extensive literature review, the report describes the consequences of COVID-19 policy measures, with a focus on citizens’ trust in their national institutions and in the EU. The report outlines the dynamics of trust and discontent in the context of the pandemic, including the influence of the vaccination roll-out.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLuxembourg
PublisherPublications Office of the European Union
Commissioning bodyEuropean Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Number of pages74
ISBN (Electronic)978-92-897-2291-9
ISBN (Print)978-92-897-2290-2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2022


  • Trust
  • Europe
  • covid-19


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