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“I don’t vote because I don’t want to get infected.” Pandemic, polarization and public trust during the 2020 Presidential Election in Poland

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posted on 10.05.2021, 15:45 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.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Communication and Media

Published in

Political Communication in the Time of Coronavirus

Pages

191-208

Publisher

Routledge

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© 2022 selection and editorial matter, Peter Van Aelst and Jay G. Blumler; individual chapters, the contributors

Publisher statement

This 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.

Publication date

2021-09-14

Copyright date

2022

ISBN

9780367761851; 9780367771577

Language

en

Editor(s)

Peter Van Aelst; Jay Blumler

Depositor

Dr Vaclav Stetka. Deposit date: 10 May 2021