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Table 4 Correlations of perceived insufficient/too extreme government reaction with various conspiracy-related items and proportion of subjects having heard about them before. The results of first and second survey are printed one below the other

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

  Perceived reactions Heard
  Insufficient Too extreme About it
The media want to hide information about the coronavirus from us. .144*(0.043) .343**(<0.001)
.108 (0.09) .222**(<0.001)  
The hype about corona was only caused by pharmaceutical companies and other groups that benefit from it. .065(0.361) .344**(<0.001)
.088(0.166) .181**(0.004)  
The virus serves our politicians only as pretext to undermine our basic rights. .064(0.374) .399(<0.001)
.214**(0.001) .232**(<0.001)  
The US secret service developed the virus and brought it to Wuhan in order to specifically damage China. .061(0.396) .043(0.550) 49%
.073(0.254) .204**(0.01) 51%
China developed the virus in a laboratory for bio-weapons, from where it spread by accident. − .008(0.916) .198**(0.005) 70%
.01(0.876) .215**(0.01) 75%
Covid-19 is connected to the expansion of the 5G mobile phone network. .068(0.345) .092(0.197) 49%
.141*(0.027) .047(0.461) 53%
Pharmaceutical companies in conjunction with Bill Gates started the infection in order to make money with a vaccine they had patented. .019(0.786) .176*(0.014) 43%
− .01(0.878) .950**(<0.001) 75%
Conspiracies total .078(0.279) .307**(<0.001)  
.114(0.074) .315**(<0.001)