Trust in the government rose during early months of pandemic

‘Relatively generous’ supports for workers meant that trust in public institutions was high by mid summer of last year, according to a new study

22nd March, 2021
Trust in the government rose during early months of pandemic
The study found that all groups in the population retained their purchasing power during the pandemic. Picture: Getty

Trust in the government rose during the first part of the pandemic due to the “relatively generous” Covid-19 supports it introduced for workers and businesses, according to a new study.

Researchers in NUI Galway found that the “strong policy response” to the Covid-19 crisis led to public trust in the government increasing from 18 per cent during the last recession in 2009 to an “unprecedented level” of 65 per cent last July.

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