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New surveys connect the dots between politics, race, religion and vaccination
Recent surveys of adult Americans may connect the dots between the role of politics, race and religion and attitudes about the pandemic and COVID-19 vaccines.
A study by Pew Research Center examined respondents’ intentions to get vaccinated, while a report by Public Religion Research Institute observed how faith, ethnicity and party affiliation predisposes belief in conspiracy theories that undermine trust in public health polices and institutions. And a study by political scientists uncovered a correlation between populist attitudes and rejection of the science around the coronavirus. Faith, ethnicity and party affiliation predisposes belief in conspiracy theories that undermine trust in public health polices and institutions. Pew found growing dissatisfaction with how the pandemic has been handled by local, state and national politicians and health officials. Research also reveals skepticism around precautions such as closing restaurants.
“Still, at the outset of President Joe Biden’s term, there’s more optimism than pessimism that the policies of his administration will improve the country’s response to the outbreak,” Pew reported. “There’s also a shared sense that vaccination efforts will play some role in improving the economy — a top public priority.” Intention to be vaccinated
The survey also found a rise in intention among Americans […]