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Верю-не-верю: общественное мнение и слухи о происхождении нового коронавируса

The measurement problem of sensitive questions does not have a universal solution and varies both by topic and by country. It is especially relevant during the crisis when fake information can produce dangerous social consequences. We measured the proportion of those who believe in rumors regarding COVID-19 among Russian students based on the list experiment. We found that 15.6% of students believe in COVID-19 rumors. We found a higher proportion of those using a list experiment than a traditional question. The paper confirms the relevance of using the list experiment in sensitive questions including the questions on belief in rumors.