22% of Americans likely believe being anti-vax is way cool…

The study involved surveying more than 1,000 demographically representative participants and revealed that 22 percent of Americans always (8 percent) or sometimes (14 percent) self-identify as anti-vaxxers, and that those who do tend to embrace the label as a form of social identity. Timothy Callaghan, PhD, also found that participants who scored highly on the anti-vaccine identity measure were less trusting of scientific experts and more individualistic. Additionally, study results show that there is increased opposition to childhood vaccine requirements among those who self-identify as anti-vaxxers.

“We found these results both surprising and concerning,” Callaghan said. “The fact that 22 percent of Americans at least sometimes identify as anti-vaxxers was much higher than expected and demonstrates the scope of the challenge in vaccinating the population against COVID-19 and other vaccine-preventable diseases.”…

Of course, not all individuals who are skeptical of vaccine safety embrace the anti-vaccine label as a form of social identity. Nevertheless, Callaghan’s study suggests that a significant portion of the American public associates with the anti-vaxx label at least some of the time, with many viewing that label as an important part of their social identity.

I’d start a comparable investigation by determining how many are ill-educated and ignorant…and how many are just dumb as a hoe handle.

2 thoughts on “22% of Americans likely believe being anti-vax is way cool…

  1. Pedant says:

    American Psychological Foundation’s definition of ‘Death instinct’:
    “In psychoanalytic theory, a drive whose aim is the reduction of psychical tension to the lowest possible point, that is, death. It is first directed inward as a self-destructive tendency and is later turned outward in the form of the aggressive instinct. In the dual instinct theory of Sigmund Freud, the death instinct, or Thanatos, stands opposed to the life instinct, or Eros, and is believed to be the drive underlying such behaviors as aggressiveness, sadism, and masochism.” https://dictionary.apa.org/death-instinct
    Sigmund Freud’s Couch (2004) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychic_apparatus#/media/File:Freud's_couch,_London,_2004_(2).jpeg

  2. Judas goat says:

    GOP-invited Ohio doctor Sherri Tenpenny falsely tells Ohio lawmakers COVID-19 shots ‘magnetize’ people, create 5G ‘interfaces’ https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/2021/06/09/doctor-sherri-tenpenny-testimony-ohio-lawmakers-vaccines-magnetized-5-g/7616027002/
    House Health Committee Chairman Scott Lipps, R-Franklin, said he allowed Tenpenny to testify at the insistence of state Rep. Jennifer Gross, R-West Chester, who is the primary sponsor of HB248, which has been described as a wish-list of items sought by vaccine opponents. https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/download?key=16686&format=pdf

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