How does the belief in COVID-19 conspiracy theories impact citizen behaviour?

In order to better understand the correlation between the belief in conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and the beliefs and behavior of citizens, Gong published the research of professors Milica Tonković, Andreja Vranić, and Nebojsa Blanuša, from the University of Zagreb, called "Behavioral correlates of conspiracy theories about COVID 19".

By conducting a survey on a nationally representative population of 1400 participants, enough data was collected for a detailed statistical analysis of the behavioral correlations of COVID-19 conspiracy theories, in order to identify which groups of citizens are susceptible to disinformation and conspiracist beliefs related to COVID-19 pandemic, and get more insight into their possibly wider conspiracist/non-conspiracist frame of mind.

The research results show that belief in COVID-19 conspiracy theories is highly related to vaccination and vaccination intent in the future, alongside a more negative attitude toward justification of protective measures, more difficulties in coping with the preventive measures, and higher overall readiness to take actions against the reintroduction of measures.

Read the full report below:

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