Romania: 52% of citizens believe that COVID-19 was created in the laboratory

Romania: 52% of citizens believe that COVID-19 was created in the laboratory

Avangarde conducted a public opinion poll on the issue of COVID-19 coronavirus, with the answers being particularly interesting, as 52% of respondents believe that coronavirus was created in the laboratory, while only 14% believe it has been transmitted by animals to man.

According to the survey, 74% of respondents say the European Union will be able to take more effective measures to prevent the spread of the virus in Europe.

Deputy Interior Minister Raed Arafat with 79% and Professor Streinu Cercel with 60% are the figures whom respondents say they trust the most in managing the COVID-19 crisis.

The survey was conducted by Avangarde, a public opinion poll company owned by sociologist Marius Pieleanu, from March 28 to 29, in a random sample of 950 people, using the telephone interview method, with a margin of error of 3.2%.

To the question: “are you personally concerned about the direction the country is heading”, 82% said that they were somewhat concerned and 17% that they were not.

To the question “if the Romanian authorities did what they could to prevent and protect Romanian citizens”, 45% answered yes, 45% answered no and 10% do not know/I do not answer.

To the question “who do you think is the main responsible for the lack of prevention”, 40% pointed to policy makers, 20% point to Romanians in the diaspora, 18% believe it’s the “citizens”, 4% the President of Romania and only 4% blame medical experts.

To the question “do you think this virus occurred during animal-to-human transmission (the official version), or do you think it was created in a laboratory”, only 14% believe it was transmitted from animals to humans, while 52 % believes it was created in the lab. 34% said did not have an opinion or did not want to respond.

To the question: “Do you think the European Union will be able to take more effective measures to prevent the spread of the virus in Europe?”, 74% of respondents answered “Yes”, 18% “No” and the rest said do no know/don’t answer.

As for the personalities that respondents say are very confident in managing the Covid 19 crisis, Raed Arafat enjoys 79% confidence, Professor Streinu Cercel 60%, Health Minister Nelu Tătaru 34%, President Klaus Iohannis 47% and Prime Minister Ludovic Orban 37%./ibna