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Cynicism toward the law is linked to lower compliance with and support for COVID-19 mitigation measures

Moule, Richard K., Burruss, George W. and Jaynes, Chae M. (2022) Cynicism toward the law is linked to lower compliance with and support for COVID-19 mitigation measures. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (17 May 2022). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic saw the introduction of efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus by US state governments, including mask mandates, limits on large gatherings and stay-at-home orders. In new research Richard K. Moule Jr., George W. Burruss, and Chae M. Jaynes look at why members of the public both supported and defied strategies meant to combat the spread of COVID-19. They find that those who saw the virus as being deadly and highly contagious, and who were more fearful of contracting it, were more likely to support and comply with mitigation measures, while those who were cynical about the law, and felt that laws were not legitimate, were less likely to comply with and support these measures.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
K Law > KF United States Federal Law
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2022 11:33
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2022 23:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/116348

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