[Sa-355] Yes We (Anxiously) Can: Liberal Ideology and Anxiety Predict Social Distancing during the COVID-19 Pandemic
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Sat Feb 13, 2021

Does anxiety play a functional role in combating COVID-19? In a representative sample of Americans (N = 8,053) surveyed March 19–24, 2020, anxiety predicted more social distancing, even after controlling for depression and loneliness, demographics, urban location, and political ideology. Liberals were more anxious than conservatives, partially explaining why liberals socially distanced more.

Ori Cantwell, Wesleyan University
Kostadin Kushlev, Georgetown University

Ori Cantwell Research Associate, Georgetown University