Support for the Measures in Fighting the COVID–19 Pandemic: The Role of Political Ideology

Pavlović, Zoran and Todosijević, Bojan and Stanojević, Dragan (2021) Support for the Measures in Fighting the COVID–19 Pandemic: The Role of Political Ideology. Psihologija, 54 (2). pp. 207-222. ISSN 0048-5705 eISSN 1451-9283

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There is growing research evidence that political ideology is an important determinant of complying with the rules and recommendations aimed at fighting the coronavirus. This paper analyses the role of the left-right ideology self-positioning in supporting the government measures in fighting the COVID–19 pandemic and practicing the physical distancing guidelines in Serbia. The study was conducted online on a sample of 656 respondents. Two hierarchical multiple regression models with age, the COVID–19 experience, the perception of risk posed by the coronavirus, and political ideology predicting: (1) policy support and (2) physical distancing were tested. The results show that policy support was predicted by increasing risk perception and the right-leaning ideology. Risk perception predicted physical distancing practices, and so did age and the COVID–19 experience. The results also indicate that the relationship between risk perception and both policy support and physical distancing is moderated by political ideology. Perceiving the ongoing pandemic as a greater threat is related to higher policy support and physical distancing among the right-leaning persons only. They seem especially sensitive to the perceived threat.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ideology, left-right, political conservatism, COVID–19, Serbia, ideologija, levica-desnica, politički konzervativizam, Srbija
Institutional centre: Centre for political research and public opinion
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2021 20:07
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2021 20:07

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