Nearly 2 years into the pandemic, a large portion of US adults are either aware of or believe in a range of COVID-19-related myths, according to the results of the latest Kaiser Family Foundation COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report. The KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor is an ongoing survey tracking American's attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccination. The latest survey was conducted from October 14-24, 2021 among a nationally representative sample of 1519 adults via landline and cell phone interviews. Key results highlighted in the slides below.
COVID-19 Misinformation: 78% of US adults either believe or aren’t sure about at least 1 of the 8 false statements above.
64% of unvaccinated adults believe or are unsure about approximately 50% of the 8 false statements—more than 3-times the share of vaccinated adults (19%).
60% of adults said they’ve heard that the government is exaggerating the number of COVID-19 deaths by counting deaths due to other factors.
Few adults said they trust social media for information about COVID-19, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The news sources that people trust appear to be correlated with their belief in COVID-19 misinformation.
Misinformation was more believable among those who trust COVID-19 information from leading conservative news sources with the following proportions saying they believed or were unsure about at least 4 of the 8 myths.
Final thoughts from KFF: “The findings highlight a major challenge for efforts to accurately communicate the rapidly evolving science about the pandemic when false and ambiguous information can spread quickly, whether inadvertently or deliberately, through social media, polarized news sources and other outlets.”