Amid growing evidence refuting the establishment claim of a natural origin, a poll by Politico and Harvard University has found a majority of Americans believe the COVID-19 pandemic began with a leak from a laboratory.
Significantly, support for the lab-leak theory is bipartisan, with 52% of Democrats and 59 percent of Republicans backing the theory, the National Review reported. Only 28% believe the novel coronavirus pandemic began through human contact with an infected animal.
In contrast, a Pew Research Center survey in March found only 29% of Americans believed the virus leaked from a lab.
The designer of the new survey, Harvard health professor Bob Blendon, noted that Harvard’s polls usually find a big split between Republicans and Democrats.
“More conservative media have been carrying the ‘lab leak’ issue, and it’s been a Trump talking point from the beginning, so we expected people who lean Democratic would say either ‘It’s not true’ or ‘I don’t know,’” he told Politico. “But the belief is bipartisan.”
A poll of American voters last month by Fox News found only 41% of Democrats believed the virus escaped from a lab while 46% believed it evolved from nature. Overall, 60% of voters favored the lab-leak theory while 31% believed it began naturally.
Last month, Republicans on a House committee announced that White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci will be among the expert witnesses they will invite to a forum on the origins of COVID-19.
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the Republican whip, and Rep. James Comer, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, plan to hold two witness panels and one panel with members.
“The left-wing media called it a ‘fringe conspiracy theory,’ Big Tech censored it, activists in white lab coats dismissed it and Democrats ignored it, but there is growing evidence communist China started the pandemic, covered it up and is responsible for the deaths of more than 600,000 Americans and millions more worldwide,” Scalise and Comer said in a statement.
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