“Bojo’s yo-yo: the symbolic management of COVID-19 in the UK”, Laurie Boussaguet and Florence Faucher (Sciences Po, France)

In the first weeks of the pandemic, public opinion polls throughout Europe demonstrated a newfound confidence in governmantal authorities, which has occasionally been likened to similar rises in trust in the wake of cataclysmic events of the past. 

The United Kingdom is no exception. Firstly, Boris Johnson’s performance was considered particularly impressive. Certainly, he was already popular after the landslide conservative victory in the 2019 General Election and his having presided over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 31 January 2020, but he gained an additional 20% approval bump between 16 March and 11 April.

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