This is stated in a study by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology.
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It was held in late May – early June. Most of the respondents – every third, 37% believe that coronavirus was "specially designed and intentionally spread in the world to reduce the population and / or damage to individual countries."
Another 29% chose the option that the coronavirus "was made artificially in the laboratory, but its worldwide spread was an accident." They chose the option that the coronavirus appeared naturally and then spread – 18%.
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Who benefits from this?
Those who chose the option of artificial origin and random distribution were asked an additional question: which country did this? The question was asked in an open form, that is, the respondent was not offered answers.
The vast majority of respondents (70%) believe that coronavirus was artificially developed in China. Another 5% named the United States, 3% – Russia. Other countries were called less often.
Those who chose the intentional distribution option were also asked an additional question about the initiator of these actions.
Half of the respondents (49%) found it difficult to answer the question. However, 26% believe that China is responsible for the development and intentional spread of coronavirus. The following are the United States (11%) and Russia (2%). Other answers were less commonly called,
– says the findings.
How was the study
The survey took place by telephone among 2,000 Ukrainians. The sample is representative of the adult population (aged 18 years and older) of Ukraine. The sample does not include territories temporarily not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.