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Abstract

U.S.-based research suggests conservatism is linked with less concern about contracting coronavirus and less
preventative behaviors to avoid infection. Here, we investigate whether these tendencies are partly attributable to
distrust in scientific information, and evaluate whether they generalize outside the U.S., using public data and
recruited representative samples across four studies (Ntotal=37,790). In Studies 1–3, we examine these relationships
in the U.S., yielding converging evidence for a sequential indirect effect of conservatism on compliance through
scientific (dis)trust and infection concern. In Study 4, we compare these relationships across 19 distinct countries,
finding that they are strongest in North America, extend to support for lockdown restrictions, and that the indirect
effects do not fully appear in any other country in our sample other than Indonesia. These effects suggest that
rather than a general distrust in science, whether or not conservatism predicts coronavirus outcomes depends upon
national contexts.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: human behaviour; psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2022 13:06
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2022 09:42
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/10700

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