How Culture Wars Delay Herd Immunity: Christian Nationalism and Anti-Vaccine Attitudes [open pdf - 479KB]
From the Abstract: "Prior research demonstrates that a number of cultural factors--including politics and religion--are significantly associated with anti-vaccine attitudes. This is consequential because herd immunity is compromised when large portions of a population resist vaccination. Using a nationally representative sample of American adults that contains a battery of questions exploring views about vaccines, the authors demonstrate how a pervasive ideology that rejects scientific authority and promotes allegiance to conservative political leaders--what we and others call Christian nationalism-- is consistently one of the two strongest predictors of anti-vaccine attitudes, stronger than political or religious characteristics considered separately. Results suggest that as Americans evaluate decisions to vaccinate themselves or their children, those who strongly embrace Christian nationalism--close to a quarter of the population--will be much more likely to abstain, potentially prolonging the threat of certain illnesses. The authors conclude by discussing the immediate implications of these findings for a possible coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine."
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Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World (2020), v.6, p.1-12