Most Americans believe COVID-19 leaked from Wuhan lab, support ‘reparations’ for cover-up, poll finds

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A new survey shows that Americans overwhelmingly believed that the coronavirus pandemic was due to a laboratory leak in Wuhan, China, and that the Chinese government subsequently lied about it.

The Ronald Reagan Institute’s 2021 National Defense Survey raised a number of questions related to China and its position relative to the US, including one about the origins of COVID-19.

When asked about the theory that the coronavirus was developed by scientists working in a laboratory in Wuhan and accidentally leaked, and that the Chinese government lied about it, nearly three-quarters (72%) of Americans believe it is likely. , with 42% saying it is very likely, “said a report from the Reagan Institute, discussing the survey results.

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Not only did the poll show that the majority of participants believe the pandemic leaked from a Chinese laboratory, but most of those from both parties and independents felt the same way. Of the Republicans surveyed, 86% believed that COVID-19 was likely leaked from a Wuhan lab, while 61% of Democrats and 67% of independents agreed.

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Furthermore, most of the three groups agreed that China should face the consequences if it is found to have covered up a laboratory leak.

“If the theory were tested, 76% of Americans think China should pay reparations to other nations as punishment, including 82% of Republicans and 72% of independents and Democrats,” the Reagan Institute said.

Security personnel gather near the entrance to the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit by the World Health Organization team to Wuhan in China's Hubei province on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

Security personnel gather near the entrance to the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit by the World Health Organization team to Wuhan in China’s Hubei province on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
(AP Photo / Ng Han Guan)

Another issue related to the pandemic had to do with public trust in health officials. Almost half did not say they had faith in them.

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“Despite its prominence during the vaccination phase of the pandemic, only 56% of Americans report having a lot or some trust in public health officials, down 10 points since February,” the report said. the organization.

This comes at a time when 81% of those surveyed are still concerned about pandemics and 78% fear biological attacks on US soil.

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