Only forty-five percent of polled adults trust scientists regarding the coronavirus origins theory, according to a Monday I&I/TIPP poll.
“How much trust do you place in scientists… coronavirus origin” theory, the poll asked.
Overall, only 45 percent said they trust scientists. Democrats, however, are more likely to trust scientists than Republicans (64-28 percent). Independents mark lower than the overall number at 41 percent.
The poll also asked respondents how much trust they have in scientists regarding “vaccine safety.” Sixty-one percent trust scientists’ vaccine safety, almost perfectly matching “the share of the U.S. population currently vaccinated: 63%,” the poll noted.
More specifically, 42 percent of Republicans trust scientists regarding vaccine safety, while Democrats marked at 79 percent. Fifty-seven percent of independents also trust scientists’ judgment of vaccine safety.
The poll was taken before a report revealed the United States partly funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Communist China. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a scientist and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, denied in May the National Institute of Health (NIH) funded such gain-of-function research:
“The bat coronavirus grant provided the EcoHealth Alliance with a total of $3.1 million, including $599,000 that the Wuhan Institute of Virology used in part to identify and alter bat coronaviruses likely to infect humans,” the Intercept originally reported. “Even before the pandemic, many scientists were concerned about the potential dangers associated with such experiments.”
“The grant proposal acknowledges some of those dangers: ‘Fieldwork involves the highest risk of exposure to SARS or other CoVs, while working in caves with high bat density overhead and the potential for fecal dust to be inhaled,’” the explosive report continued.
“That categorically was not done,” Fauci told the House Appropriations subcommittee, denying he funded “gain of function” research, a process that means “taking a virus that could infect humans and making it either more transmissible and/or pathogenic for humans.”
Upon the Intercept’s reporting, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who has been a constant critic of Fauci, tweeted he was right that Fauci lied about the funding:
“Surprise surprise – Fauci lied again
And I was right about his agency funding novel Coronavirus research at Wuhan.
Read this thread and the papers released,” Sen. Paul said:
“I have already asked the DOJ to review Fauci’s testimony for lying to Congress. This report should make it abundantly clear that he needs to be held accountable,” he stated:
Notably, Fauci did admit in May the NIH funded the Wuhan lab, but he has yet to answer to the Intercept’s reporting. Fauci has also left open the possibility that the coronavirus did not escape from the Wuhan lab, originating from the wild instead.
The I&I/TIPP polled 1,305 adult respondents September 1 – 3 with a margin of error of 2.8 points.