Confidence in the Government

A Content Analysis of Reactions to a Reddit Post on COVID-19 and Public Opinions Towards the Government

  • Karan Sandhu MacEwan University

Abstract

This study examined public reactions to a Reddit post about a news article that showed a decreasing level of confidence from the public in response to the government’s actions during COVID-19. A content analysis on the 50 best comments from the Reddit post identified four common themes among user comments: a) sarcastic comments, b) explicit comments, c) personal comments, d) past comments. The most prevalent theme was sarcastic comments, which made up 50% of the sample. While the study mainly focused on low confidence levels in the government due to COVID-19, the study also emphasized ways in which political beliefs can have an impact on one’s attitude towards the government.  

Published
2020-11-30