COVID States Project: A 50-State COVID-19 Survey Report #60: Vaccine Misinformation, from Uncertainty to Resistance [open pdf - 8MB]
From the Document: "In mid-July 2021, President Biden emphatically claimed that social media platforms were 'killing people' [hyperlink] by facilitating the spread of vaccine misinformation. Not long after, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell similarly declared that misinformation was to be blamed [hyperlink] for the low vaccination rates of Americans. The public debate that followed brought to the forefront a series of important questions. How prevalent is the public's belief in vaccine misinformation? Is that belief associated with vaccine resistance? Are some social groups more susceptible to it than others? Are social media companies responsible for the higher levels of vaccine resistance among some of their users? This report focuses on the first three questions, exploring misinformation beliefs across social groups and their connection with vaccine attitudes. We address the last question in our previous report [hyperlink] and in a post [hyperlink] published by the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog."
COVID States Project Report No. 60
Northeastern University; Harvard Medical School; Rutgers University; Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy; Northwestern University. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/]
The COVID States Project: https://covidstates.org/