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Covid-19 Trust Level Survey

Updated on April 4, 2021
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Among his varied other writing interests, Richard Parr aspires to creating interesting and inspiring stories about life.

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When it comes to the question of 'who do you trust?', the current pandemic has highlighted the paradigms through which people choose to interpret fact from fiction, truth from lies, and the trustworthy from the false. Such paradigms are evidenced by the unremitting streams of articles, blogs, videos, posts, comments, forums etc. And every flavour is out there, from those that would trust everything the authorities and control bodies tell them, upholding main-stream media as the ultimate bastions of truth, through to those trusting only their gut while nodding at every conspiracy.

Of course, everybody assumes they've got it figured out, or they're trusting those they think have it figured out. And we all tend to side with those "experts" that favour our flavour, in the hopes they don't let us down.

But who do we trust? Who do we not trust? Are there people seeking to take advantage of the crisis? There's no shortage of finger-pointing. Some think it's the government, others Rockefellers Big-Pharma, the Gates Foundation, the WHO and UN. Others point the finger of mistrust at those not towing the official line, those anarchists of mayhem.

Loosely speaking, those inclined to think outside the box, explore solutions, and seek better ways of doing things, tend to be more distrustful of authority. Which is natural, since these activities start with questioning existing systems, and demand a willingness to challenge the status quo. On the other hand, those who prefer to stay grounded in reality and tradition and who are more open to building relationships, are more likely to trust authority figures.

To whatever level you trust or distrust of authority, how one manages their scepticism is important. Some degree of wariness and activism is a good thing, but deep distrust manifesting in constant defiance, paranoia or alienation can be unhealthy and counter-productive. That said, there have been many times in history where it has proven warranted and true.

So now's your chance, let's put it to a fifteen question survey. How untrusting are you?

[Disclaimer: The questions are important, but don't take the results too seriously]

How Untrusting Are You?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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    • parrster profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Parr 

      14 months ago from Australia

      To all who have completed the survey only to find the statistics unchanged at '0', my apologies. I have asked Hubpages to look into the problem weeks ago, but have heard nothing back regarding a solution.

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      Richard Parr 

      15 months ago from Australia

      @ Chris57 ~ Germany is quite unique in its statistics compared to other European nations. Be interesting to see if it changes over the long term.

      You're right, tracing apps have proven very effective in the countries utilising them. Hope things continue to go well for you and Germany.

      Machs gut.

      @ FlourishAnyway ~ Another semi-trustful soul. It would seem many share your sentiment to your government's handling of things. Personally, I've determined to reserve judgement until six months in. My suspicious nature generally gravitates to where the money is. Seems the 'root of all kinds of evil' lies behind many motives, even doctors.

      Thanks for participating. Keep well.

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      15 months ago from USA

      I liked this. I was 34% distrustful and it said I was most likely to be an authority figure, not one to rock the boat. I generally trust medical professionals but truly do not not the White House and other countries’ government entities on this. Trump sat on the issue and then downplayed it, claiming it would disappear like magic. Medical authorities like Dr. Fauci have only science and humanity to be concerned with rather than elections and poll numbers. That’s where I place my trust.

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      15 months ago from Northern Germany

      Scored a 28% in distrust. But - i live in a country that did not and does not have the issues the US has.

      With the lack of organisational competence the US shows, my score would be on the other end of the scale if i had to live in the US.

      Your question 14: Tracking

      Personally experienced, how effective and helpful high volume testing and investigative tracking is. (Our local health authorities contacted me after my mom (98yrs) had contact to a carer, who was Covid19 positive. Direct contacts to C-positives were instructed to strict quarantene, indirect contacts were registered).

      So until now i have not much to object about the Corona response. Reflected by my score.

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      15 months ago from Carson City

      LMAO!!!! Thank you! I not only needed to laugh but I've been assured

      of how well I know myself!

      "Off the rails." eh? No doubt there are those who could confirm this!!

      Have a nice Sunday, Richard!

    • parrster profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Parr 

      15 months ago from Australia

      @ Paula ~ You almost strike the perfect balance. You're probably not the most decisive decision-maker though... But there's hope because your balance is what keeps others going off the rails.

      How's that for amateur armchair psychology. And if you're looking to me as an authority, then you're clearly dysfunctional :)

    • fpherj48 profile image


      15 months ago from Carson City

      Hi Richard.......Well now......That was a fun little test. I should have known what my results would be! I'm basically IN -THE-MIDDLE ! I'm 55% toward Distrustful....needless to say then, 45% Trustful......

      So you see,Richard,I ALSO have a serious case of "Directional Dysfunction"......aka......never knowing which way to go!!

      Think there's any hope for me??

      Cheers, Paula

    • parrster profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Parr 

      15 months ago from Australia

      @ John Hansen ~ Well aren't you a trusting soul, sort of. One's confidence in their government will definitely affect the results of this survey. It will be interesting to see whether results from those living in countries whose governments we doubt reflect that. Thanks for participating.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Hmm I am more trustful, and less distrustful than I thought: 48%. I guess that puts me on the fence. The answers may be determined to some extent by what country you live in and how you see your Government's response to it all.

    • parrster profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Parr 

      15 months ago from Australia

      @ T ~ Yeah. Not sure what's happening there. I think it's because the article is still going through its 48-hour review process. Hopefully, the stats will be updated after. 84%, similar to me :)

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      The Logician 

      15 months ago from now on

      I scored 84% on the Distrustfulness scale

      However when I went back to look at results of survey it said

      “This quiz has been taken 0 times.“

      What happened to me?


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