73% Think Chinese Gov’t Actively Covered Up Its Role in COVID Release

Seventy-three percent (73%) of voters think it’s likely that the Chinese government actively covered up its role in the release of the coronavirus. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that just 13% consider such a coverup unlikely and 15% are not sure.

Those totals include 49% who believe a coverup is Very Likely and 5% who say it is Not at All Likely.

The survey found less certainty about the U.S. role in development of the coronavirus. Thirty-nine percent (39%) believe that the United States government provided funding to support dangerous research at the laboratory in Wuhan, China. Forty-two percent (42%) are not sure.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 5-7, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 236 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, 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.


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