How vaccination status might predict views on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

How vaccination status might predict views on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. By Grant LaFleche, a narrative-person.



The study concludes the results point “to the highly corrosive influences of disinformation.”

“This is definitely a new and bluntly insidious force that’s contributing to polarization and disinformation and poor decision-making. And it doesn’t seem to be going away. Things are getting worse,” said [national polling firm EKOS president, Frank Graves]. “I don’t think this is because those people had an ingrained sympathy to the Russians. They’re reading this online, they’re consuming this from the same sources that were giving them the anti-vax stuff.” …

“I saw it almost immediately, within days of the invasion, people supporting it and some quite stridently,” said Timothy Caulfield, a Canada Research Chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta who has studied the rise and spread of conspiracy theories. “It was pro-Russia, pro-Putin, it was the same kind of dogmatic language you heard from the anti-vaxxers about the alleged harms associated with vaccines. And it was almost immediate and it was from the same crowd.” …

Graves said those with three vaccine doses rejected disinformation about vaccines, supported public health measures including vaccine passports, and expressed support for Ukraine.

Unvaccinated Canadians are also more likely to have a profound distrust of government, science and professional health experts, Graves said, and are more likely to support the protest convoy that occupied Ottawa for nearly a month.

There is some polarization going on in society, between those who believe or go along with the narrative for whatever reason (such as needing to keep their job or their friends), and those who have been red-pilled.

Once you realize the mainstream news is misleading you on one topic, it is much easier to realize they are misleading you on others.

hat-tip Phil