“I don’t vote because I don’t want to get infected.” Pandemic, polarization and public trust during the 2020 Presidential Election in Poland
chapterposted on 2021-05-10, 15:45 authored by Sabina MiheljSabina Mihelj, Damian Guzek, Vaclav StetkaVaclav Stetka
Overlapping with the time of the presidential election in Poland, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically reconfigured the electoral campaign in terms of the electoral law and campaign strategies. The lockdown limited the intensity of electoral campaign, shifted the focus to pandemic-related issues, and increased the electoral advantage of the incumbent President Duda, still performing his official duties during the campaign. At the same time, the election campaign contributed to a notable ‘presidentialisation’ of the government communication about the pandemic, something that impacted heavily on people’s reactions to the COVID-19 crisis and on their trust in government’s measures. Utilizing data from in-depth interviews and media diaries with 29 participants, this chapter examines audience engagement with different government communication channels, focusing on their relative effectiveness and on the impact of polarization.
- Social Sciences and Humanities
- Communication and Media
Published inPolitical Communication in the Time of Coronavirus
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
Rights holder© 2022 selection and editorial matter, Peter Van Aelst and Jay G. Blumler; individual chapters, the contributors
Publisher statementThis is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Political Communication in the Time of Coronavirus on 14th September 2021, available online: http://www.routledge.com/9780367761851.