What is it about?
We assessed political, religious, social and scientific beliefs of people living in Spain before the pandemic, during lock down, and after it. We found a stronger polarization of beliefs after the pandemic, meaning that people tend to abandon moderate positions and to strengthen in-group worldviews.
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Why is it important?
In February 2019, when the pandemic was inimaginable, we assessed beliefs of a sample of people living in Spain as part of a project on belief networks. Suddenly, we found ourselves locked down, and decided to re-launch our survey in two additional time points. Our results show an initial trust on government authorities, which strongly declined after lockdown, and a reinforcement of religious and individualistic beliefs. Remarkably, these changes were strongly mediated by political preference, showing a polarization of society.
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This page is a summary of: Polarization of beliefs as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: The case of Spain, PLoS ONE, July 2021, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0254511.
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