Poll: Most Americans Now Believe COVID-19 Leaked From Lab

Poll: Most Americans Now Believe COVID-19 Leaked From Lab
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After a year of being dismissed by the media as a conspiracy theory solely because Donald Trump had endorsed it, the Wuhan lab leak theory for the origin of the spread of COVID-19 is finally being taken seriously, in part due to the same data everyone ignored last year.

For the time first ever a majority of Americans now subscribe to the lab leak hypothesis, though opinions are strongly divided across political lines.

According to the Daily Caller:

58% of Americans believe COVID-19 started in a Chinese lab, according to a poll taken during the month of May by YouGov. That’s up from just 49% when YouGov first asked the question in May 2020.

Only 43% of Democrats believe in the lab-leak theory, compared to 77% of Republicans. Independents lean more toward the GOP view, with 65% now believing the virus came from a lab.

Just 24% of Americans believe it was released from a lab on purpose, while 30% believe it was released by accident. Only 13% say the virus developed completely naturally in the wild, and one-third of respondents said they did not know the answer.

Newly obtained emails via a Freedom of Information Act request show that Dr. Fauci had ignored warnings that the Chinese were manipulating COVID-19 data in the early days of the pandemic. In another email, Peter Daszak thanked Dr. Fauci for calling the Wuhan lab leak theory a myth.

Early into his presidency Biden shut down a probe into the lab leak theory that was started under the Trump administration, only to have ordered a review into the origins of COVID-19 last week, with the lab theory theory being treated as one of two dominant theories.

Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New YorkDebunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate


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