Are Democrats or Republicans more likely to argue against vaccination? A recent article by Charles McCoy in The Conversation reveals that the answer is not so clean cut.
What I found is that the more political someone is, the more likely he or she is to believe that vaccines are unsafe. Those who are “very conservative” are one-and-a-half times more likely to believe this than moderates.
Yet, the same is true for those on the left: compared to moderates, those who are very liberal are also one-and-a-half times more likely to believe vaccines are unsafe. It seems that it does not matter what your politics are, the more partisan, the more likely you believe vaccines are harmful.
To stereotype, both left wing liberals into “natural” health care and right wing libertarians interested in freedom of choice both are more likely to oppose vaccination compared to individuals with more moderate political affiliations.