According to a new survey by PewResearch Center, over a quarter of Americans – almost 29% believe that the coronavirus was manufactured in a laboratory. Six percent said that it may have been created accidentally, while 23% believed that it was created intentionally.
However, a major population – around 43% of the American adults said that the virus was created naturally. 25% of the respondents remained unsure of how the COVID-19 was created.
The survey also noted the age, education, and political affiliation of the respondents and found that these factors played a major role in the participant’s belief. Here, 27% of the Americans aged between the ages of 18 – 29 said that the virus was created in the lab while only 15% of the seniors – aged 65 and older believed the same.
When it comes to education, 27% of the participants that were high school graduated believed that the virus was lab-manufactured while only 15% with a college degree responded the same.
Interestingly, 30% of the Republicans said that the virus was created in a lab, compared to only 16% of the Democrats.
Originating from the Wuhan district of China, the COVID-19 virus has been the subject of much speculation. Due to the strained relationship between China and America, many people are wondering whether the disease was created intentionally or released accidentally by the Chinese government.
Declared a pandemic by WHO, the coronavirus – or the COVID-19 is a contagious, respiratory illness. As of this writing, the ailment has affected more than 1,487,000 cases and 88,630 deaths. China, the developmental zone of the virus has finally managed to contain the virus. However, other countries around the world are seeing the drastic effects of the pandemic with Italy, the USA, and Spain getting the worst-hit.
Infographic by: www.statista.com