Poll: Roughly half believe COVID-19 originated in Wuhan lab

Roughly half of voters said they believe the COVID-19 virus was created in a lab in Wuhan, China, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Forty-seven percent of voters in the June 7-9 survey said the virus originated in a lab while 24 percent said it originated naturally, possibly from an animal such as a bat.

Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they are not sure.

Fifty-nine percent of Republican voters said COVID-19 was created in a lab while 14 percent said it originated naturally and 26 percent said they are not sure.

Forty-four percent of independents said the virus was created in a lab in Wuhan, China while 28 percent said it was created by natural circumstances and another 28 percent are not sure.

Thirty-six percent of Democrats said COVID-19 was created in a lab, 31 percent said naturally and 33 percent said unsure.

The survey comes as questions surrounding the origins of the COVID-19 virus mount with the two prevailing theories being it originated naturally through animals or it was accidentally leaked from a lab.

President BidenJoe BidenGOP report on COVID-19 origins homes in on lab leak theory READ: The .2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session MORE has ordered U.S. intelligence officials to investigate the origins of the virus.

The most recent Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 1,885 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 2.26 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte