Applying the solution aversion model in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we examine how ideology and support for free markets influence Americans’ assessment of COVID-19 risks and support for mitigation policies. Results from an experiment (N = 438) indicate that conservatives are more likely to dismiss the risks of COVID-19 when governmental regulations are highlighted. In contrast, liberals are less likely to support Emergency Use Authorization of COVID-19 vaccines when market-oriented solutions are highlighted. Findings from this study suggest that in addition to party elite cues, polarization in public opinions on the pandemic may also stem from solution aversion.
- solution aversion