Optimism, pessimism, and perceptions of the Jordanian government's COVID-19 response

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Abstract

This study aims to examine people's optimistic and pessimistic perceptions of the government's capacity, intention, and performance during and after the lockdowns declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. An online survey was administered in Jordan and responses were collected from a convenience sample of 1245 citizens during April and May 2020. Descriptive statistics, factor analysis, and multiple regression reveal the following findings: (a) people expressed high levels of pessimism and low levels of trust and satisfaction concerning the government's intention, capacity, and performance, (b) people perceived the government to be a complex, multi-faceted entity rather than a homogeneous entity, and (c) in assessing government performance, people considered the following dimensions: totality of government, institutions of public administration, high-ranking public officials, and ordinary, public sector employees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-39
Number of pages19
JournalDomes : digest of Middle East studies
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2023

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Capacity
  • Intention
  • Jordan
  • Optimism
  • Pessimism
  • Trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law

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