Forty-seven percent (47%) of voters believe that China is primarily to blame for the coronavirus pandemic. A national survey conducted by Scott Rasmussen found that 34% disagree and 19% are not sure.
The survey also found that 27% of voters think it’s at least somewhat likely that the Chinese government intentionally created and released the coronavirus.
As with just about everything in the news, there is a massive partisan divide. Seventy-three percent (73%) of Republicans believe that China is primarily responsible for the pandemic. That view is shared by 41% of Independent voters and 30% of Democrats.
Forty-three percent (43%) of Republicans believe it’s likely the virus was intentionally released by the Chinese government. Just 23% of Independents and 16% of Democrats agree.
Is China primarily to blame for the coronavirus pandemic?
19% Not Sure
How likely is it that the Chinese government intentionally created and released the coronavirus?
13% Very likely
14% Somewhat likely
9% Not Very Likely
6% Not at All Likely
5% Not Sure
53% Not Asked
NOTE: This question was asked only of those who believed China was primarily to blame for the pandemic.
The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 26-28, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Approximately 72% of the survey respondents were selected at random from lists of Registered Voters. The remainder were selected through Random Digital Engagement. Most were contacted online while 247 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by gender, age, race, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.