Psychological, Political, and Situational Factors Combine to Boost COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory Beliefs [open pdf - 241KB]
From the Document: "Conspiracy theories (CTs) are not solely the domain of extremists and paranoids. They cut across demographic and political differences (Uscinski and Parent, 2014) and can have negative social/political consequences. [...] Scholars have identified psychological, political, and situational factors that contribute to the likelihood that someone will endorse a CT. [...] The global COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic is a perfect storm for activating these psychological, political, and situational factors. Uscinski et al. (2020) find that conspiratorial thinking is positively related to the endorsement of two COVID-19 CTs. Moreover, because the current political context is one in which a Republican president is being widely criticized for his handling of the pandemic (threatening the political worldviews of those on the right), Republicans are more likely to believe COVID-19 CTs than Democrats or Independents (Uscinski et al., 2020). Finally, personal uncertainty (likely induced by the pandemic) is positively related to COVID-19 CT beliefs (Miller, 2020)."
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