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Thomas Gallatin / July 15, 2021

Americans Think China Should Pay for COVID-19

New polls show a majority of Americans believe the coronavirus came from a Chinese lab.

The majority of Americans agree: Blame for unleashing the coronavirus pandemic onto the world lies with China, and the ChiComs should pay for it. A recent TIPP poll conducted for the Center for Security Policy found that 63% of Americans think China should pay some form of reparations for releasing COVID-19. That percentage jumps to 78% if it’s determined via investigations that the ChiComs intentionally released the virus.

What’s behind these significant numbers is the growing belief that COVID’s origin is due to a lab leak. Over half surveyed believe the virus “was developed in a lab.” Meanwhile, a quarter of Americans believe the virus was “intentionally” created and leaked.

Another poll, this one from Politico-Harvard, came up with similar numbers. It notes that 52% of those surveyed believe COVID came from a “laboratory leak in China.” Interestingly, the percentage of Republicans and Democrats who believe the China lab leak theory are both over 50%, at 59% and 52%, respectively.

The Politico-Harvard poll also found that the vast majority of the American public, 82%, thinks it’s “important” for the U.S. government to continue investing COVID’s origin. Politico observes, “The poll’s findings show what was once a fringe belief held mainly among some on the political right has become accepted by most Republicans, as well as most Democrats, amid heightened scrutiny of the lab leak theory.”

At least it appears we’ve found something most Americans can agree on — and this despite the fact that nearly two-thirds of everything we own comes from China.

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