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Protocol - COVID-19 Related Information and Trust in News and Government Institutions

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Description

The RAND American Life Panel Impacts of COVID-19 survey is an online, self-administered, multi-part survey of adult American Life Panel (ALP) members.

Specific Instructions

None

Protocol

1. Where do you get most of your national and international news?

Please rank the top four in the order you use them (1=most frequently, 2=2nd most frequently, 3=3rd most frequently, 4=4th most frequently).

____ Print (e.g. newspapers, news magazines [e.g. Time or Newsweek)] (1)

____ Broadcast television (e.g. ABC, NBC, CBS) (2)

____ Cable television (e.g. CNN, FOX, MSNBC) (3)

____ Radio news programs (including streaming, e.g. Sirius) (4)

____ Online news sites (e.g. websites for print publications, Huffington Post, The Hill, Breitbart) (5)

____ Social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, NextDoor)(6)

____ Friends, family, or personal networks (e.g. work, church) (7)

____ I don’t consume national or international news (8)

2. Where do you get most of your information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Please rank the top four in the order you use them (1=most frequently, 2=2nd most frequently, 3=3rd most frequently, 4=4th most frequently).

____ Print (e.g. newspapers, news magazines [e.g. Time or Newsweek)] (1)

____ Broadcast television (e.g. ABC, NBC, CBS) (2)

____ Cable television (e.g. CNN, FOX, MSNBC) (3)

____ Radio news programs (including streaming, e.g. Sirius) (4)

____ Online news sites (e.g. websites for print publications, Huffington Post, The Hill, Breitbart) (5)

____ Social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, NextDoor) (6)

____ Friends, family, or personal networks (e.g. work, church) (7)

____ State or local government (8)

____ Federal government officials other than the President (such as the CDC, Anthony Fauci, Deborah Birx) (9)

____ The President (10)

____ I don’t consume news about the coronavirus (11)

3. Which source provides the most reliable information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), in your opinion?

Please rank the top four (1=most reliable, 2=2nd most reliable, 3=3rd most reliable, 4=4th most reliable).

____ Print (e.g. newspapers, news magazines [e.g. Time or Newsweek)] (1)

____ Broadcast television (e.g. ABC, NBC, CBS) (2)

____ Cable television (e.g. CNN, FOX, MSNBC) (3)

____ Radio news programs (including streaming, e.g. Sirius) (4)

____ Online news sites (e.g. websites for print publications, Huffington Post, The Hill, Breitbart) (5)

____ Social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, NextDoor) (6)

____ Friends, family, or personal networks (e.g. work, church) (7)

____ State or local government (8)

____ Federal government officials other than the President (such as the CDC, Anthony Fauci, Deborah Birx) (9)

____ The President (10)

____ I don’t consume news about the coronavirus (11)

4. Which of these statements best describes the availability of a vaccine for the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

[ ] A vaccine will be available in a year or more (1)

[ ] A vaccine will be available in the next few months (2)

[ ] A vaccine is available now (3)

[ ] It is not possible to create a vaccine for it (4)

[ ] Not sure (5)

5. From what you’ve seen or heard, do you think it is most likely that coronavirus (COVID-19)...

[ ] Came about naturally (1)

[ ] Was developed intentionally in a lab (2)

[ ] Was made accidentally in a lab (3)

[ ] Doesn’t really exist (4)

[ ] Not sure [Keep position] ((5)

6. Please indicate whether you think these questions are true or false.

True (1)

False (2)

6a. People exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) can spread the disease to others, even if they do not have any symptoms. (1)

6b. The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are connected to 5G mobile network radiation. (2)

6c. Regularly washing your hands for 20 seconds can help protect you from the coronavirus. (3)

7. Attitudes towards various government and private institutions can range from distrust to trust. Using a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 indicates complete distrust and 10 indicates complete trust, please indicate your level of trust in:

Complete Distrust 0 (1)

1 (2)

2 (3)

3 (4)

4 (5)

Neither Trust nor Distrust 5 (6)

6 (7)

7 (8)

8 (9)

9 (10)

Complete Trust 10 (11)

a. the United States Congress (1)

b. network television news (e.g., ABC, NBC, CBS) (2)

c. cable news (e.g. CNN, FOX, MSNBC) (3)

d. national newspapers (e.g., The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today) (4)

e. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (6)

f. the United States Postal Service (USPS) (7)

g. the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (8)

h. the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) (9)

Availability

Available

Personnel and Training Required

Equipment Needs

Requirements
Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Self-administered questionnaire

Life Stage

Adult

Participants

Adults aged 18 and older

Selection Rationale

PhenX used input from crowdsourcing to enable rapid response and release of COVID-19 related protocols in the Toolkit. 

Language

English

Standards
StandardNameIDSource
caDSR Common Data Elements (CDE) COVID-19 Information and Trust Questionnaire Assessment Text   7484960 CDE Browser
Derived Variables

[include]

Process and Review

Not applicable

Protocol Name from Source

RAND 2020 American Life Panel Survey (ALP) on Impacts of COVID-19

Source

Carman, Katherine Grace and Shanthi Nataraj, 2020 American Life Panel Survey on Impacts of COVID-19: Technical Documentation. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2020. T1_Q1 – T1_Q7 as 1-7. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA308-1.html

General References

Protocol ID

950201

Variables
Export Variables
Variable Name Variable IDVariable DescriptiondbGaP Mapping
COVID-19 Research
Measure Name

COVID-related Information Sources and Trust in News and Government Institutions

Release Date

October 30, 2020

Definition

A seven item self-report questionnaire assessing subjects’ information sources and level of trust in those sources during the 2020 COVID-19 epidemic.

Purpose

This survey was intended to assess the sources of news and individuals’ perceptions about the coronavirus, the vaccine, the media and government institutions.

Keywords

Coronavirus, COVID-19, news, information, source, newspapers, magazines, television, social media, online news sites, radio, personal networks, friends, family, RAND American Life Panel Survey (ALP), COVID