Story at a glance:
- People who get their coronavirus information from Fox News are more likely to be vaccinated than those who get their information specifically from Facebook.
- People who gather their news from multiple sources are most likely to have gotten the vaccine.
- The Biden administration is narrowing its focus on misinformation around vaccines.
A new poll suggests that people who get their coronavirus information specifically from Facebook and few other news sources are the least likely to have the vaccine. This holds up even for those who get their coronavirus information from Fox News, a channel that posits mixed messaging and skepticism around the vaccine.
Among news consumers, those who use multiple sources report the highest rate of vaccinations, according to new polling and analysis from The Washington Post. People who don’t gather information from Facebook, Fox News or Newsmax specifically are the most likely to be vaccinated at 87 percent. Following suit, 79 percent of those who rely only on the Biden administration for coronavirus information say they are vaccinated.
The Post found that 59 percent of people who only consume Fox News for their coronavirus information are vaccinated. For those who only rely on Facebook for coronavirus news, 47 percent say they are vaccinated. The least amount of people who are vaccinated are those who only use Newsmax as a coronavirus information source, with 42 percent saying they are vaccinated.
The Post surveyed more than 20,000 Americans between June and July for its ongoing COVID States Project.
Facebook ranked above Fox News as a source for coronavirus information, with 31 percent of respondents saying they used that platform to get COVID-19 information in the past day.
Twenty-five percent of those who only get coronavirus news from Facebook say they will not get vaccinated. Comparatively, 23 percent of people who only watch or read Fox News say they will not get the vaccine.
At the moment, about 57 percent of the population has had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Post says they applied state-level demographic quotas and weighed the data to match the U.S. population, accounting for race, ethnicity, age, gender, education, region and residence in urban, suburban or rural areas.
The Post found that 68 percent of news consumers are vaccinated, and 18 percent said they would not get vaccinated. Looking specifically at those who do and do not rely on Facebook for coronavirus information, 61 percent of those Facebook users have been vaccinated; 71 percent of non-Facebook users have been vaccinated.
Fox News and Facebook are facing increasing scrutiny over coronavirus and vaccine misinformation. In one recent instance, neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta called out a segment on Fox News that put forward the idea that COVID-19 vaccines may be linked to an excessive number of deaths.
Fox News is now urging its viewers to get vaccinated, producing a new public service announcement that provides information on how to register for the vaccine. The PSA comes as the highly contagious delta variant is driving a surge of COVID-19 cases, specifically in areas with low vaccination rates.
President Biden also recently remarked that Facebook is “killing people,” although he has since softened his position and said companies should do more to stop the spread of inaccurate information in his opinion.
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