USA: Why are right wingers defying the Coronavirus lockdown more than left wingers?
Source: Luke Stackpoole
Hofstadter’s Pullitzer winning book Anti-intellectualism in American Life
To complement your answer, the Pew Research Center has produced several reports which showcase the partisan divide in the US regarding attitudes towards scientific experts and expertise. For recent results:
• Trust and Mistrust in Americans’ Views of Scientific Experts: More Americans have confidence in scientists, but there are political divides over the role of scientific experts in policy issues (August 2019)
The other key theme I would add to this is individualism. US conservatives, Evangelical or not, generally embrace market individualism. Especially for secular-minded conservatives, individual economic and civil liberties are top of mind in a way public health (inherently collective) is not.
It’s simply because the Democrats are the ones who introduced the lockdown.