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Table 2 Descriptive statistics

From: Trust in Government Actions During the COVID-19 Crisis

Variable Measurement Mean SD N Source
Individual level
Government trust 1(= strongly distrust) to 5(= strongly trust) 2.98 1.5 101411 Fetzer et al. (2020a, 2020b)
Perceived insufficient reaction 1(= somewhat insufficient); 2(= not at all sufficient); otherwise 0 0.8 0.78 101411 Fetzer et al. (2020a, 2020b)
Perceived too-extreme reaction 1(= somewhat too extreme); 2(= much too extreme); otherwise 0 0.06 0.28 101411 Fetzer et al. (2020a, 2020b)
Perceived insufficient reaction in Germany 1 (= rather too slow or lax); 2(= far too slow or lax); otherwise 0 0.25 0.48 550 Surveys by the authors
Perceived too-extreme reaction in Germany 1(= rather too fast or restrictive); 2(= far too fast or restrictive); otherwise 0 0.12 0.37 550 Surveys by the authors
(Self-reported) Health 1(= poor) to 4(= excellent) 3.1 0.72 101411 Fetzer et al. (2020a, 2020b)
Conspiracy Total Aggregate scores of beliefs in seven conspiracy theories. 10.9 3.6 455 Rieger and He-Ulbricht (2020)
Likelihood of voting AfD (right populist party) 1(= definitely not) to 6(= definitely yes) 1.39 1.06 124 Rieger and He-Ulbricht (2020)
Evaluation of government on left-right scale − 4(= way too left) to \(+\) 4(= way too right) 0.41 1.4 1626 Rieger and He-Ulbricht (2020)
Political interest 1(= very little) to 5(= very much) 3.22 0.99 929 New data set
   Mean SD Countries Source
Country level
Average Stringency since start Stringency index from 0 to 100% 16.1 7.8 55 Hale et al. (2020)
Average Stringency since first death Stringency index from 0 to 100% 71.1 16.6 55 Hale et al. (2020)
Press Freedom Index, values among our countries from 7.84 to 76.68 24.3 12.9 55 Reporters without Borders (2020)
World Governance Index Normalized index, values among our countries between -1.85 and +1.83 -0.38 1.08 55 World Bank