Elites Defect on Vaccine: The Most Educated Americans Are Least Likely to Get Jabbed - Survey


The establishment wants you to believe that uneducated rednecks and conspiracy theorists are the only people hesitant to get the vaccine.

To them, people without a college education are the stupid derelicts holding the country back.

If only those people would get the vaccine, the liberal elitists tell themselves, then everything would be all right.

Well, according to a recently released survey, the most educated Americans — those with doctorates — are the most likely to show hesitancy to get a vaccine.

This group is even more hesitant than Americans with only a high school-level education.

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For the study, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University surveyed 5,121,436 US adults online from Jan. 6 to May 31 with confidence intervals of 95 percent for all parameters.

The purpose of the study was to find the groups that exhibit the most hesitancy toward getting vaccinated. Finding that citizens with Ph.D.s are one of the most hesitant groups likely came as a shock.

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Of those with a high school education or less, 20.8 exhibited some hesitancy, and among those with a Ph.D., 23.9 percent displayed hesitancy.

The association between level of education and vaccine hesitancy, according to the study, follows a U-shaped curve, with the most hesitant being those with a high school education or less and those with a doctorate.

Although it has yet to be peer-reviewed, the study’s authors note that “no other study has evaluated education with this level of granularity.”

Likely due to their suspicion of the numbers, the study’s authors go on to write that “further investigation into hesitancy among those with a PhD is warranted.”

The study’s findings identified a list of additional groups more likely to be hesitant as well.

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“In May, independent hesitancy risk factors included younger age, non-Asian race, having a PhD or ≤high school education, living in a rural county, living in a county with higher 2020 Trump support, lack of worry about COVID-19, working outside the home, never intentionally avoiding contact with others, and no past-year flu vaccine,” the study’s authors conclude.

The reasons respondents gave for their tentativeness were “fear of side effects and not trusting the vaccine,” “not trusting the government,” “not needing the vaccine” and “waiting to see if safe.”

So, do members of the establishment left believe that Ph.D. recipients are idiots peddling vaccine conspiracy theories?

Apparently, they do.

So much for the left being a bastion of science and tolerance.

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Michael Austin joined The Western Journal as a staff reporter in 2020. Since then, he has authored hundreds of stories, including numerous original reports. He also co-hosts the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of supervising staff reporter. His responsibilities now include directing the reporting team.
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