Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic populists were gaining a lot ground in mainstream politics. However, a recent study suggests that the pandemic seems to have slowed down support for populist politics. Bennet Institute for Public Policy. Here is an excerpt:
Support for populist parties and politicians, and agreement with populist sentiment, has diminished during the pandemic, according to a “mega-dataset” taking in attitudes of over half a million people across 109 countries since 2020.
A University of Cambridge team say there are clear signs of a turning tide for the “populist wave”, as the mishandling of coronavirus by populist leaders – along with a desire for stability and a decline in “polarising” attitudes resulting from the pandemic – starts to move public opinion.
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