In these locations, people with higher levels of science education consistently have lower levels of confidence in vaccines.
For this research, responses were collected from more than 140,000 people in over 140 countries.
For those who question the necessity of vaccinations, Russia is a good place to find likeminded people.
According to a worldwide study performed by the Wellcome Global Monitor, less than 50% of the people in Russia believe that vaccines are safe. And Russia is not alone — Worldwide, Eastern Europeans are the least likely to agree that vaccines are effective.
The Russian Orthodox Church has gone on record, officially opposing compulsory vaccinations of children. And according to this international study, a huge cross-section of Russian citizens share the Church's hesitancy in regard to vaccines.
The Wellcome Global Monitor is part of the Gallup World Poll. They collected responses from more than 140,000 people in over 140 countries, and they asked people specifically about vaccines.