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Coronavirus Vaccinations. Why do some people refuse to vaccinate? Social psychologist Michał Bilewicz explains

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Social psychologist, professor Michał Bilewicz from the University of Warsaw, conducted research on the relationship between political orientation and attitudes to vaccinations. He pointed out that “it is not so simple that right-wing people do not want to vaccinate, and left-wing people do.” He pointed out that “there are countries in which reluctance to vaccinate prevails in the liberal, left-wing and counter-cultural circles”.

Professor Michał Bilewicz said on TVN24 that there are many reasons why certain social groups do not want to vaccinate. “This is largely superimposed on some vaccine conspiracy theory and a certain distrust of science in general,” he said.

“What we mainly researched is how it relates to different ways of thinking about politics and certain political orientations,” he explained.

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He pointed out that “it is not so simple that right-wing people do not want to vaccinate, and left-wing people do.” – There are countries in which the reluctance to vaccinate prevails in the liberal, left-wing and counterculture circles, as in Poland we have heard, for example, of yoga teachers reluctant to vaccinate, and in Germany vegan chefs. So it’s not like they are people with only a conservative, traditional worldview – he continued.

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Professor Bilewicz on two types of “certain political ideology”

– Our research shows that there are two types of a certain political ideology in the population, which is in some sense related to the right. One of them is called authoritarian – these are people who submit very much to what the authorities command at a given moment, are very obedient, and are often very prejudiced against strangers. They generally follow the recommendations that the authorities articulate, such people are more ready for vaccinations than the rest of the population – pointed out Professor Bilewicz.

Prof. Bilewicz: it is not so simple that right-wing people do not want to vaccinate, and left-wing people want to TVN24

People with a hierarchical worldview

The social psychologist said that the second type of people “is also present on the right, in Poland, especially in the Confederation.”

– We call these people people with a hierarchical worldview, i.e. domination-oriented. These are people who want to be at the top of the social hierarchy and at the same time claim that the world is a jungle where people fight each other and, moreover, this fight should not be limited – explained the TVN24 guest.

– They are opposed to vaccinations because vaccinations are universal, universal, they are supposed to give everyone the opportunity to stay healthy in the event of infectious diseases or epidemic situations. It is very inconsistent with their nature, with their thinking about the world, about the desired state in the world, where all things imposed by the state are treated as dangerous – he explained.

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