Nearly three-in-ten Americans believe that the CCP Virus, or COVID-19, was made in a lab, intentionally or accidentally, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center.
The survey found that a plurality of Americans (43%) said the CCP Virus most likely came about naturally, but 29% said it most likely was created in a lab.
Around a quarter of adults (23%) said it is most likely that the current strain of coronavirus was developed intentionally in a lab, while another 6% said it was most likely made accidentally in a lab. A quarter said they were not sure where the virus originated.
Pew Research released the survey’s results on April 8, but said it was conducted from March 10 to 16 as part of the center’s nearly yearlong Election News Pathways project.
The survey shows that younger adults are more likely than older people to say the CCP Virus was developed in a lab. For example, about a third of adults ages 18 to 29 said the virus was developed in a lab (35%), compared with 21% of adults 65 and older. About 39% adults under 30 said it came about naturally, while 51% of those 65 and older said this.
Those with a bachelor’s degree or more education are less likely than those with a high school diploma or less education to say the coronavirus was created in a lab (19% versus 35%). A majority (61%) of those with at least a bachelor’s degree said the virus came about naturally, compared with 31% of those with a high school diploma or less.
About four-in-ten Latino adults (39%) said the CCP Virus was created in a lab, while 34% of black adults and 26% of white adults said the same.
When it comes to political affiliation and ideology, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are more likely than Democrats and Democratic leaners to say the coronavirus was created in a lab (37% versus 21%). About four-in-ten conservative Republicans said this (39%), the largest share of any ideological group.
The survey came amid the spread of news and misinformation about the CCP Virus pandemic.
Pew Research said that about half of U.S. adults (48%) report having come across at least some news and information about the CCP Virus (COVID-19) that seemed completely made up, with 12% saying they have seen a lot of it and 35% saying they have seen some.