Trends in Societal Division and Popular Opinion During the Pandemic

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In this episode, J. Stephen Morrison speaks with Jacob Poushter, an expert in international survey research at Pew Research Center, about Pew’s recent report “People in Advanced Economies Say Their Society Is More Divided Than Before Pandemic.” Jacob explains the main findings of the report and discusses how public perceptions of societal division within advanced economies have changed over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. How are publics in Japan, Sweden, the UK, and other countries perceiving and reacting to their governments’ responses to the pandemic? How do attitudes about the pandemic’s impact break down along generational and demographic lines? What does the new research show about global support for U.S. leadership in international affairs and engagement with the World Health Organization (WHO)?

Jacob Poushter is Associate Director of Global Attitudes Research at Pew Research Center. You can also find a follow on live conversation hosted by GHPC’s Katherine E. Bliss with Jacob here: