“ We found Republicans became increasingly vaccine hesitant and less trusting of media from March to August of 2020, while Democrats’ views on the two topics stayed the same,” said lead author Ariel Fridman, a PhD candidate in behavioral marketing at the Rady School.
The study also measured the perceived threat of the COVID-19 virus and where participants got their news.
Republicans consistently viewed the virus to be less threatening than Democrats. Among Democrats, the perceived threat of COVID-19 grew greater with time, while there was no change among Republicans.
The most commonly checked news sources for Republicans was Fox News, followed by Facebook or Instagram. For Democrats, CNN was the most popular news source, followed by The New York Times.”
The coronavirus vaccines are not killing more people than the virus itself. These false claims have been repeatedly debunked, but they remain in circulation as prominent public figures like Tucker Carlson, a host on Fox News, continue to promote them. https://t.co/VdAt6VeXkUpic.twitter.com/aRQ1NFJCsm