Seventy-two percent of adults said it's "likely" that the coronavirus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, a national poll found.
The Ronald Reagan Institute’s 2021 National Defense survey showed that 42% said the lab leak theory is "very likely," while 30% said it is "somewhat likely."
Eighty-six percent of Republicans believe the lab leak theory, according to the poll, while 61% of Democrats and 67% of independents said the theory is likely.
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Seventy-six percent of respondents said China should pay the world reparations if it is discovered that the Chinese government lied about a lab leak.
The poll was published following the release of a declassified U.S. intelligence report suggesting the lab leak hypothesis could be confirmed with “moderate confidence."
Four agencies within the intelligence community and the National Intelligence Council concluded with “low confidence” that the virus organically jumped from an animal to a human, the report noted.
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“In the beginning, they didn’t want anything about the lab [in the report], because it was impossible, so there was no need to waste time on that,” said World Health Organization Program Manager Peter Ben Embarek. “We insisted on including it, because it was part of the whole issue about where the virus originated.”
The poll was conducted between Oct. 25 and Nov. 7 amid 2,523 U.S. adults.