Trust in science and support for Trump identified as key predictors of COVID-19 preventative behaviors and vaccine intentions

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A team of researchers from the University of South Carolina Upstate have uncovered political and psychological factors associated with important health behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings, published in PLOS One, suggest that trust in science plays a key role, along with support for Donald Trump and knowledge about the virus. “After observing varying levels of compliance with recommended mitigation measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, we sought out to learn what factors were contributing to individual decision making leading to the practice of COVID-19 preventative behaviors….

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