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The Great Reset: Support for Populist Politics “Collapsed” Globally During the COVID Pandemic


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Support for populist parties and politicians, and agreement with populist sentiment, has diminished during the pandemic, according to a “mega-dataset” taking in attitudes of over half a million people across 109 countries since 2020. A University of Cambridge team say there are clear signs of a turning tide for the “populist wave,” as the mishandling of coronavirus by populist leaders – along with a desire for stability and a decline in “polarizing” attitudes resulting from the pandemic – starts to move public opinion. The authors of the new report, from Cambridge’s Centre for the Future of Democracy (CFD), describe the study as the first global overview of how the Covid-19 crisis has affected political beliefs. They say that threats posed by the pandemic saw a “technocratic” shift in political authority worldwide, with increased trust in government, and in experts such as scientists and civil servants. Yet faith in the democratic process continued to falter.

The Great Reset: Support for Populist Politics “Collapsed” Globally During the COVID Pandemic (scitechdaily.com)

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9 hours ago, Manwon Lender said:

Support for populist parties and politicians, and agreement with populist sentiment, has diminished during the pandemic, according to a “mega-dataset” taking in attitudes of over half a million people across 109 countries since 2020. A University of Cambridge team say there are clear signs of a turning tide for the “populist wave,” as the mishandling of coronavirus by populist leaders – along with a desire for stability and a decline in “polarizing” attitudes resulting from the pandemic – starts to move public opinion. The authors of the new report, from Cambridge’s Centre for the Future of Democracy (CFD), describe the study as the first global overview of how the Covid-19 crisis has affected political beliefs. They say that threats posed by the pandemic saw a “technocratic” shift in political authority worldwide, with increased trust in government, and in experts such as scientists and civil servants. Yet faith in the democratic process continued to falter.

The Great Reset: Support for Populist Politics “Collapsed” Globally During the COVID Pandemic (scitechdaily.com)

In other words, most of the idiots finally realised that some random guy on YouTube is not a substitute for the experts they claimed to be sick of.

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8 hours ago, Setton said:

In other words, most of the idiots finally realised that some random guy on YouTube is not a substitute for the experts they claimed to be sick of.

Well most did, but the fringe ( true believer that can’t think for themselves) still are unable to let go!:lol:

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Pity it didn't collapse in the UK- someone on the radio this morning was saying the "Save Big Dog" initiative by the government, by proposing populist policies to save Peppa Pig's bacon, might mis-fire if people only joined the dots. Proposing to defund the BBC (which is a cherished UK institution and valued around the world) to save people £159/ year, while the government, by mismanaging the economy, is putting everyone's bills up by  about £1700 per year. Mind you, the populist policies are all hollow- the BBC is here to stay, and was due for a funding overhaul in 2027 anyway and the RN is refusing to sink the dinghies.

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