COVID-19 and Public Support for Radical Policies

Publication: Policy Brief

A growing body of evidence shows that the COVID-19 crisis is significantly affecting people’s priorities for the future. With economies around the world suffering the impact of the pandemic, the global public wants governments to adopt bold approaches in response—and polls from a range of countries show that large majorities believe their actions have not been strong enough.

Protesters hold a banner above Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, April 2020. (CC0 1.0/Michael Swan)

In this briefing, Leah Zamore and Ben Phillips examine global polling data to show what kinds of policies—including those previously deemed “radical”—are now garnering widespread support. They find that people want governments to act boldly both in responding to the immediate economic crisis and in fundamentally transforming the social contract moving forward. The briefing examines polling on a range of topics, from wide support for redistributive programs and a rejection of austerity policies, to the growing popularity of measures that check corporate power in favor of workers and consumers.

Download the full briefing here, and read the authors’ post “Why COVID-19 is Making Radical Policies Mainstream” on the CIC blog here.

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