Sat, 11/19: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM CST
Room: Preservation Hall Studio Foyer - 2nd Floor
For many years, political polarization has been the center of discussion by many researchers from different fields. While many evidence was found that assert the existence of polarization between the Republican and Democratic party (DiMaggio & Bryson, 1996), ongoing studies are conducted to examine why Americans' opinions became polarized. In this study, we look into polarization through the perception of trust in media during the covid-19 era. The goal was to investigate how trust in social media can affect people's level of polarization and perception of COVID-19 compared to the trust in traditional media. An online survey was conducted through Qualtrics prior to the 2020 election with a total of 1200 participants. The study found that people who trust social media develop a high polarization level than the other group. The analysis also indicates that people who trust traditional media were less worried about COVID-19, and those who were concerned about COVID-19 were more likely to wear a mask in public.