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Experts explain correlation between vaccine status and political ideology

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Is it fair to assume one’s political ideology dictates how they handle the pandemic? One UW-Madison political scientist says it’s not that simple. NBC15 Investigates team dug into the data to see if there’s a correlation between vaccine rates and how people voted in the 2020 presidential election.

Does getting a covid-19 shot and then posting a picture make a political statement? Does wearing or not wearing a mask make one too? Motive aside, the pandemic and politics did mix.

There’s certainly a correlation with how people voted in 2020 and whether they’re getting vaccinated or want to get vaccinated, and you can see it in the Wisconsin map,” says UW political scientist Barry Burden.

NBC15 Investigates look at Wisconsin vaccination rate numbers county by county. Dane, Door and Bayfield counties have the highest percentage of people with one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. These three counties all went blue in the 2020…

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